President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Trump believes Kushner relationship with Saudi crown prince a liability: report Christine Blasey Ford to be honored by Palo Alto City Council MORE on Thursday reportedly said he feels “unwelcome” in London due to expected protests during his visit to the United Kingdom.
Earlier on Thursday, Trump said he believes London citizens “like me a lot,” despite reports of multiple planned protests against him, including a protest involving a 20-foot-tall inflatable baby bearing his face that was scheduled to be flown during his visit.
But after being asked 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 approved a request from protesters to fly the blimp during Trump's visit near Parliament.
“I used to love London as a city,” Trump continued 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 schedule only has him in London for one night and will largely avoid planned protests.
“And when I say that I am talking about government because the people of the U.K. agree with me,” Trump added of being made to feel unwelcome.
The president also said of his four-day visit to the U.K. that “many people are delighted."
"I get thousands of notifications from people in the U.K. that they love the President of the United States. They want the same thing I want," he said.
Trump even mentioned a poll claiming 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.”
It is unclear what poll Trump meant.
Nearly 90,000 people said they are planning to protest the president’s visit to the U.K. Trump is scheduled for a working visit with Prime Minister Theresa May.
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Trump says he feels 'unwelcome' in London due to protests