Corbyn pulls out of state banquet for Trump


Jeremy Corbyn has said he will not attend the state banquet for Donald Trump when the US president makes his long-awaited state visit to the UK in June.

The Labour leader said Prime Minister Theresa May was wrong to “kowtow” to a president who tore up international treaties and used “racist and misogynist rhetoric”.

In a statement, he said that he would however be prepared to meet Mr Trump during his stay to discuss “all matters of interest”.

“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,” Mr Corbyn said.

“Maintaining an important relationship with the United States does not require the pomp and ceremony of a state visit.

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“It is disappointing that the Prime Minister has again opted to kowtow to this US administration.

“I would welcome a meeting with President Trump to discuss all matters of interest.”