'Baby Trump' blimp gets permit to be in DC for July 4
Activist group Code Pink recently received permission for the Donald Trump baby balloon to be featured during July 4 in Washington DC. The group gained a permit on Monday to have the baby blimp present near where Trump will be delivering his speech.
Trump is set to be delivering remarks at the Lincoln Memorial at some point between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm ET, while the National Park Service have allowed the balloon to be present between 4 am and 9 pm.
Watch the baby blimp take flight in 2018:
The permit states that "all balloons are prohibited" at the National Mall near the Washington Monument, but allowed the blimp to be there if it followed strict rules, such as being "filled with cold-air only and unable to achieve flight."
In a statement released on Tuesday, the group said that the permit was "not in the location we requested -- within line of sight of the Lincoln Memorial where President Trump will be speaking". They had initially requested to fly the balloon nearer to the Washington Monument, where it "would not have obstructed anyone's view but would have allowed the president to see the baby".
"It is ironic that it is right here, in the 'land of the free,' the balloon is being grounded." Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin said, lamenting their inability to "parade the Baby Trump blimp in DC as an all out call to reject Trump," as previously promised.
Code Pink are reportedly seeking permission from the Federal Aviation Administration's Flight Standards District Offices to fill the balloon of helium. According to them, they need this to make it "rise off the ground a mere two feet".
Tighe Barry, a Code Pink organizer, said:
"We are now trying to get the waiver from the FSDO, but feel this bureaucratic process is designed to force us to just keep the baby on the ground, instead of floating it in the air. It's ridiculous that we have to contact the FAA to hoist a balloon two feet off the ground."
Whether they receive additional permits to make Trump able to see the baby blimp tomorrow remains to be seen. However, after its appearance in London last month, it's sure to be seen again in the near future.