Corbyn slams "red carpet welcome" for Trump

Blanche Robertson
July 14, 2018

Mr Corbyn said it was "wrong" for Theresa May to be "rewarding" outspoken White House chief Mr Trump by inviting him to Britain.

Beyond issues of humane immigration policies, Corbyn said the problem is "also about our planet, our world, and how we relate to each other".

But Mr Corbyn said the president had exhibited "very odd behaviour" by rowing back on comments he had made to the Sun about the prospects of a future UK-US trade deal, having initially said the prime minister's Brexit plan would "probably kill" a future trade deal with the US.

He held talks with Theresa May, had tea with the Queen before flying to Scotland for the weekend.

In a video tweeted on Friday morning, Jeremy Corbyn said: "Theresa May has invited President Trump to our country at a time when his unsafe and inhumane policies are putting the lives and wellbeing of millions of people at risk". In government we would find a way to work with his administration whilst also standing up for our values and our beliefs.

Mr Corbyn went on to address crowds of protesters in Trafalgar Square, telling them: "We are asserting our right to demonstrate, our right to free speech".

He added: "He separates children from their parents and locks them up in cruel and inhumane conditions". We stand for something very, very different. "There's no hiding place from the destruction of our natural world for any of us-unless we work together to protect it and our environment and our sustainability".

In his first sit-down interview since the United States president touched down in the UK, the Labour leader accused Mr Trump of meddling in British politics.

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Mr Trump launched an astonishing attack on Mrs May's Brexit plans last night, claiming the prospects of a US-UK trade deal would be dead.

Donald Trump was alongside Theresa May when he said Mr Johnson, who quit her cabinet this week, would make a "great prime minister".

Though he didn't name Trump specifically, he said, "When somebody on a global stage condemns Muslims because they're Muslims, it's not acceptable and we will call it out".

"If they do that, then their trade deal with the U.S. will probably not be made".

Mr Corbyn labelled the USA leader's remarks about the recent Brexit turmoil "strange", adding that the strife caused by the resignation of Boris Johnson was "not his business".

The Labour leader went on: "It's a very odd thing to do, to come on a visit to another country, to meet that country's prime minister and then announce you would like to see as her successor, a person who has just resigned from her government".

"Boris Johnson, I think, would be a great prime minister". "I think he's got what it takes".

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