'Together Against Trump', thousands protest peacefully in London

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Smith is part of the Stop Trump Coalition and one of the 16 people behind the balloon.

The blimp is part of a series of protests across the United Kingdom organized by the Stop Trump Coalition, which describes itself as a "coalition of organizations and individuals joined forces to protest against Donald Trump's planned visit to the UK".

Speaking at an impromptu press conference after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels Trump said the British people shared his concerns on immigration, claiming "that's why Brexit happened". "I used to love London as a city".

"I think they like me in the UK".

"Take a look at the terrorism that is taking place", Trump said. "Look at what is going on in London". I think it takes a pretty shallow person to criticise it and many of these people are shallow.

During the launch of the blimp, Sky News interviewed Mayor Khan questioning whether the blimp was an appropriate form of protest.

"The idea that we restrict freedom of speech, the right to assemble, the right to protest because somebody might be offended is a slippery slope", Khan told BBC Radio.

"We were all watching with sort of bated breath to see how President Trump was going to try to finesse what is a very awkward situation, given the on-the-record interview he gave to a U.K. paper in which he was recorded criticizing the U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May - who he stood beside today and said 'I did not criticize her,"' CBS News senior affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan told "CBS This Morning" on Friday.

He was decidedly critical of May and her Brexit plan, saying he "would have done it much differently".

"I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London", Trump told the newspaper.

During the interview with The Sun ahead of his visit to the UK, Trump said May ignored his advice by taking a soft stance on trade with the European Union as the UK exits and said that decision would "kill" any chance of an effective trade deal with the U.S.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders later sought to limit the damage, saying Trump was "thankful for the wonderful welcome" he received in Britain.

While one annoyed user said: "This reminds us of that time Trump landed in Scotland and congratulated them on Brexit when 62 percent of Scotland voted Remain".

The president, however, did not back down from the controversial comments he made about immigration in the Sun interview, calling the influx of migrants a "very negative thing for Europe" during Friday's remarks.

It is widely believed that that the president will visit his Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire to relax, and likely play golf, on Saturday.

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