National Park Service approves 'Baby Trump' blimp for July 4 celebration in DC

An inflatable Baby Trump balloon towers over protestors during a rally Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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WASHINGTON (WTHR) — The National Park Service has given an activist group the go-ahead to have the gigantic balloon depicting President Donald Trump as a baby in Washington during his Fourth of July address, according to NBC Washington.

Anti-war activist group Code Pink has a permit to stage the balloon on the Washington Monument grounds — less than a mile from the Lincoln Memorial, where Trump is scheduled to appear for the "Salute to America" Independence Day celebration.

While Code Pink got permission to have the blimp on the grounds, it has not yet received permission to fly it. That comes from the Federal Aviation Administration. But organizers are still hopeful, and will be ready if the FAA grants permission.

"We're getting the helium and we're ready to do it," organizer Madea Benjamin told NBC Washington.

The FAA would need to grant special permission to fly it, as the location is within a 30-mile radius of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The FAA announced on Twitter it would suspend operations at the airport Thursday night during the flyovers planned for the "Salute to America" celebration.

"This problem has become about Donald Trump," Benjamin said. "He's militaried the holiday now with the tanks and the planes, so the rules don't apply. That's why he's such a baby, because it all has to be about him."

In addition to the blimps presence, Code Pink is organizing a demonstration scheduled to take place from 2-6 p.m.