President Trump came forth this Thursday to claim that he feels “unwelcome” in London due to a number of protests that are scheduled to take place upon his arrival in the United Kingdom.
Earlier on Thursday, Trump suggested that he thinks that Londoners “like me a lot,” despite reports of massive-scale protests being launched against him, including a 20-foot-tall inflatable baby bearing his face that will fly over London during his visit.
However, after being questioned about the blimp, Trump reportedly told The Sun newspaper: “I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London.”
London’s mayor recently approved a request from protesters to display the blimp during Trump’s visit to Parliament.
“I used to love London as a city,” Trump added in the interview published on Thursday. “I haven’t been there in a long time. But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?”
Trump’s current schedule only has him in London for one night and will most likely see him avoid most of the planned protests.
“And when I say that I am talking about government because the people of the UK agree with me,” Trump added.
The president also argued of his visit to the U.K. that “many people are delighted.”
“I get thousands of notifications from people in the UK that they love the President of the United States. They want the same thing I want,” he said.
Trump even referred to a poll which suggested that he was the “most popular person in the history of the Republican Party. Beating Lincoln.”
“I beat our Honest Abe,” Trump added. “But the people of the UK, and I’ll bet if you had an honest poll, I’d be very strong. They want the same thing I want. I love the U.K.”
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