Labor politicians take on Trump during UK visit

Calls that the US President is a “sexual predator” and a “racist” come from Westminster alongside public protests.

Lydia Morrish
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Why this story matters:

President Donald J Trump was met with large-scale planned public protests and criticisms from British MPs as he began a three-day visit to the UK.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan criticized the US President in a video on Twitter, saying his values did not align with those of the UK, which champions diversity, respect for women and safeguarding marginalised citizens.

Meanwhile, on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on June 3, Labor Party MP and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry defended previous comments that President Trump was a “sexual predator and racist”.

“He is a sexual predator, he is a racist and it is right to say that,” she said.

Front bench Labor MP Clive Lewis also joined the anti-Trump sentiment, pledging to help protesters fly a “baby blimp” -- a recognisable inflatable blimp designed to look like the US president as a baby -- over London.

Details from the story:

  • President Donald J. Trump faces protests from the public and pushback from Labour Party MPs during a three-day state visit in which he’ll meet the Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May for “substantial” political talks.
  • Addressing the president in a video, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said President Trump’s “values and what you stand for are the complete opposite of London’s values and the values of this country.” 
  • The Labour Mayor also championed feminism in the post, saying: “It’s so important that people in positions of power, men and women, speak out and champion gender equality.”
  • Before landing in the UK, President Trump hit out at Khan, with whom he has a so-called “political feud”, saying the mayor was a “stone cold loser”.
  • Meanwhile, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry defended her claims that the president was a “sexual predator” and “racist”.
  • Despite the name-calling, President Trump praised the "eternal friendship" between the UK and US.
  • The visit comes as protests are planned to take place across the country in several cities and in central London by Trafalgar Square. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is due to address the latter.
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