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Trump Baby Blimp Flies in London as Protests Greet President

Joining the giant blimp depicting the president as an angry orange baby was a 16-foot-tall robotic likeness of Trump sitting on a golden toilet, cell phone in hand

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    Trump Reacts to Thousands Protesting in London

    President Donald Trump said at joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May Tuesday that protests against his visit to London were “very small.” Tens of thousands participated in the protests, NBC News reported. 

    (Published Tuesday, June 4, 2019)

    Thousands of protesters greeted President Donald Trump's U.K. visit with anger and British irony Tuesday, crowding London's government district while the U.S. leader met Prime Minister Theresa May nearby.

    Feminists, environmentalists, peace activists, trade unionists and others demonstrated against the lavish royal welcome being given to a president they see as a danger to the world, chanting "Say it loud, say it clear, Donald Trump's not welcome here."

    "I'm very cross he's here," said guitar teacher Katie Greene, carrying a home-made sign reading "keep your grabby hands off our national treasures" under a picture of one of Queen Elizabeth II's corgis.

    "I find him scary. My sign is flippant and doesn't say the things I'd really like to say."

    A day of protests began with the flying of a giant blimp depicting the president as an angry orange baby, which rose from the grass of central London's Parliament Square.

    One group came dressed in the red cloaks and bonnets of characters from Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale," which is set in a dystopian, misogynist future America.

    Demonstrators filled Trafalgar Square and spilled down Whitehall, a street lined with imposing government offices, before marching half a mile to Parliament.

    Many paused to photograph a robotic likeness of Trump sitting on a golden toilet, cellphone in hand. The robot caught the attention of passers-by with its recitation of catchphrases including "No collusion" and "You are fake news."

    "It's 16 feet high, so it's as large as his ego," said Don Lessem from Philadelphia, who built the statue from foam over an iron frame and had it shipped by boat across the Atlantic.

    Lessem, a dinosaur expert who makes models of prehistoric creatures, said "I'm interested in things that are big, not very intelligent and have lost their place in history."

    Trump Meets Queen Elizabeth During UK State Visit

    [NATL] Trump Meets Queen Elizabeth During UK State Visit

    President Donald Trump met with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace at the start of a two-day visit to the United Kingdom against the political backdrop of Brexit turmoil and protests against his presidency.

    (Published Monday, June 3, 2019)

    "I wanted people here to know that people in America do not support Trump in the majority . and humor is my weapon," he said.

    Police erected barricades to stop protesters marching past the gates of Downing St., though the shouts and chants could be heard as Trump met May for talks inside the prime minister's official residence.

    Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed the crowd, criticizing the "hatreds that are being fueled by the far-right in politics in Britain, in Europe and the United States."

    Corbyn declined an invitation to Monday's banquet for the president at Buckingham Palace, but sought a meeting with Trump — which was refused.

    "He wanted to meet today or tomorrow and I decided I would not do that," said Trump, calling Corbyn "somewhat of a negative force."

    Labour confirmed that Corbyn had proposed a meeting.

    Trump Calls off Iran Strikes

    [NATL] Trump Calls off Iran Strikes

    President Donald Trump confirmed on Twitter Friday that he was "cocked & loaded" to strike Iranian targets, but deemed the loss of life would be disproportionate to the downing of a U.S. drone.

    (Published Friday, June 21, 2019)

    Emily Thornberry, Labour's foreign affairs spokeswoman, said Trump was "a sexual predator" and a racist who did not deserve the honor of a state visit hosted by Queen Elizabeth II.

    Thornberry told the BBC that the leader of Britain's most important ally should be stood up to "the way you deal with a bully" because "if you bow down in front of them you just get kicked harder."

    There were occasional scuffles as some of the protesters confronted small pockets of Trump supporters. Police moved in to separate the groups, and bundled some of the combatants into a nearby pub.

    One counter-protester, Lewis Metcalfe, said he had traveled from his home in northern England to show support for the president.

    "I'm obviously going to be a minority today," said Metcalfe. "I don't agree with all his policies. He's not the greatest president in the world, but he does get things done."

    Trump has dined with the queen at Buckingham Palace, took tea with Prince Charles and held talks with May during his three-day state visit, which ends Wednesday with commemorations of the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

    Watch: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Full Opening Statement at House Hearing on Reparations

    [NATL] Watch: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Full Opening Statement at House Hearing on Reparations

    Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of “The Case for Reparations,” testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee during a hearing on whether the United States should consider compensation for the descendants of slaves. 

    He delivered a rebuttal to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's comments that "no one currently alive was responsible for that," which Coates called a "strange theory of governance." 

    "Well into this century the United States was still paying out pensions to the heirs of civil war soldiers," he said. "We honor treaties that date back some 200 years despite no one being alive who signed those treaties. Many of us would love to be taxed for the things we are solely and individually responsible for. But we are American citizens and this bound to a collective enterprise that extends beyond our individual and personal reach."

    (Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019)

    The president said he was delighted with his reception in Britain, and said he had seen only "a small protest ... very small."

    He also claimed, exaggeratedly, that there had been "thousands of people on the streets cheering" as he left Buckingham Palace.

    CORRECTION (June 4, 2019 12:43 p.m. ET): An earlier version of this story incorrectly gave Katie Greene's name as Sarah.