Lloyd Russell-Moyle: UK will regret offering Trump a state visit

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lloyd Russell-Moyle has claimed the UK will come to "regret" inviting Donald Trump for a state visit.

Appearing on the breakfast show, the Labour MP claimed there was a "worrying trend" of dishing out state visits "willy nilly".

"It is important we are clear on what terms we offer these state visits," he told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"Clearly the whole system needs to be looked at because Trump isn't the only person in history we have invited that we've probably then gone to regret. Mugabe is another one we look back at and are a bit shameful about."

Mr Russell-Moyle's comments followed the news that the US president will carry out a state visit to the UK this June.

However, the politician said a state visit was a "rarely granted gift", which should not be afforded to Trump.

"He should be invited, as he has already been, and he should be liaised with in a good and reasonable and fair way, just like we have with many presidents," he said.

"Ronald Reagan wasn't afforded a state visit and the relationship was booming."

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