Donald Trump invite to D-Day commemorations an ‘insult’ to veterans

Amnesty International install 'Resist Trump' banners on a bridge in London

Amnesty International install 'Resist Trump' banners on a bridge in London

Monday, June 3, 2019

An organiser of anti-Trump protests has said that the US President’s involvement in a D-Day commemoration event is an “insult” to veterans.

A national event is being held in Portsmouth on June 5 to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, and Donald Trump will be attending as part of his three-day state visit to the UK.

But Shabbir Lakha, an organiser of the Stand Up To Trump protests told talkRADIO’s Matthew Wright his invitation undermined those who put "their lives on the line in the fight against fascism".

"The protest in Portsmouth is going to be led by veterans. The point to make is that it is an insult to those who lay their lives on the line in the fight against fascism to invite Donald Trump – a man who has supported far-right organisations in the US and Europe," he said.

“Why are we allowing Donald Trump to be a part of this commemoration? I think that is the insult.”

A large crowd gathered outside Buckingham Palace as they awaited the arrival of Trump. Image: Ollie Cole

This morning, Trump began his state visit to the UK, during which he will meet with members of the Royal Family and Prime Minister Theresa May.

Mr Trump and the First Lady were greeted by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall as they stepped from the Marine One helicopter in the grounds of the palace shortly after midday.

US President Donald Trump meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace

The pair were then taken to meet the Queen - their second introduction following Mr Trump's working visit to Britain last summer.

However, before Mr Trump touched down on Monday he branded London Mayor Sadiq Khan a "stone cold loser" in a Twitter tirade.

As he landed he fired off two tweets, spelling the London Mayor's name "Kahn" in one and in another writing: "@SadiqKhan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly "nasty" to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom.

"He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me."

A spokesman for Mr Khan said: "This is much more serious than childish insults which should be beneath the President of the United States.

"Sadiq is representing the progressive values of London and our country warning that Donald Trump is the most egregious example of a growing far-right threat around the globe, which is putting at risk the basic values that have defined our liberal democracies for more than 70 years."

The US President and Mr Khan have repeatedly clashed in recent years, including Mr Trump criticising the mayor's response to the 2017 London Bridge terror attack.

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