Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he won’t attend the upcoming state dinner with US President Donald Trump when he visits Britain, adding that the UK should not be ‘rolling out the red carpet for the US president.
Corbyn released a statement revealing that he has turned down an invitation to the June event. “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,” he said.
The opposition leader said the “pomp and ceremony of a state visit” was not necessary to maintain a relationship with the US, and added that he would welcome a meeting with Trump to discuss “all matters of interest.”
He added that it was “disappointing that the prime minister has again opted to kowtow to this US administration.”
The news has been met with a wide range of reactions on social media, with many applauding Corbyn for his stance while others noted that it was unlikely to give Trump much pause for thought.
This will be a shattering blow to President Trump. 😂😂 https://t.co/yUD9OWIg6H
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 26, 2019
Jeremy Corbyn refuses invitation to state banquet with Donald Trump. https://t.co/UzD69vw2Gu
— EL4C💥 (@EL4JC) April 26, 2019
Corbyn, who has met Hamas, the IRA and half of ISIS, refuses to meet Trump.
Trump will be relieved.
— Old Holborn✘ (@Holbornlolz) April 26, 2019
This is the right thing to do as Donald Trump needs to be aware that many understand his disrupter actions, his lies and his greed and if the American Congress grows any cohones they will Impeach him
— Alan Bowman (@Alanlsg) April 26, 2019