Jeremy Corbyn declines invitation to state banquet for Donald Trump

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, has declined an invitation to attend a state dinner with Donald Trump when he visits the UK in June.

The US president is set to visit the UK from 3 to 5 June in a long-delayed state visit, including a formal white-tie dinner hosted by the Queen.

In a statement, the Labour leader said he disagreed with the prime minister’s decision to offer a formal visit to the US leader and confirmed he would not attend any state dinner.

“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.

“Maintaining an important relationship with the United States does not require the pomp and ceremony of a state visit. It is disappointing that the prime minister has again opted to kowtow to this US administration,” he said.

However, Corbyn reiterated his invitation to hold discussions with Trump – an offer that is unlikely to be taken up. “I would welcome a meeting with President Trump to discuss all matters of interest,” Corbyn said.

Corbyn’s statement follows similar refusals from the Commons Speaker, John Bercow, and the Lib Dem leader, Sir Vince Cable.

Source: Theguardian.com

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