Jeremy Corbyn refuses to attend state dinner for Trump
British Labour leader says he has turned down invitation to event for US president
US president Donald Trump and Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photographs: Paul Ellis and Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images
The leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said on Friday he had turned down an invitation to a state dinner which will be one of the highlights of US president Donald Trump’s visit to Britain in June.
“Theresa May should not be rolling out the red carpet for a state visit to honour a president who rips up vital international treaties, backs climate change denial and uses racist and misogynist rhetoric,” Mr Corbyn said in a statement.
The left-wing leader has long railed against US foreign policy and said recently that Julian Assange should not be extradited to the US, where he faces a computer hacking charge.
Mr Corbyn said he would welcome a meeting with Mr Trump “to discuss all matters of interest”, but said maintaining ties with Washington did not require “the pomp and ceremony of a state visit”.
Mr Trump is due to visit Britain between June 3rd and 5th, when he will become only the third US president to have been accorded a state visit by Queen Elizabeth.
However, Mr Trump will not stay in Buckingham Palace, as foreign leaders typically do during state visits, because of renovation work.
Almost 1.9 million Britons signed a petition in 2017 saying Mr Trump should not be offered a state visit. – Reuters