Emily Thornberry: Donald Trump ‘does not deserve a state visit’

Emily Thornberry: Donald Trump ‘does not deserve a state visit’

Emily Thornberry joined thousands of anti-Trump protesters in central London

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Labour’s Emily Thornberry has said that Donald Trump does not deserve his UK state visit.

The shadow foreign secretary, who joined anti-Trump protests on Tuesday, told talkRADIO’s Eamonn Holmes: “We don’t think that Trump should have been given the honour. But that is not to say that we do not want to talk to him.

“We would be up for a business meeting with him.”

Ms Thornberry said the US President was a "bully" but confirmed she would be prepared to meet him.

“I think the difficulty with Donald Trump is that he says one thing and then a month later, he is saying the exact opposite,” she said. 

“What do you do with bullies? You stand up to them. If you don’t stand up to bullies they just walk all over you.

“When did we as a country get so afraid that we cannot say what we think?

“We don’t agree with the American president when he denies the existence of climate change. We think that we have a climate emergency.”

Mr Trump, who is on the second day of a three-day visit, dismissed the protests as “fake news”.

 Donald Trump and Theresa May addressing press on the second day of the US President's state visit

Speaking during a press conference, he said he had only witnessed "great love" from the British public.

 "There were thousands of people on the street cheering and even coming over today, thousands, cheering," he said.

"I hear there were protests, but where are the protests? I don't see any protests?".

He continued: "You saw the people waving the American flag, your flag. There was great love."

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