Buckingham Palace confirmed today Donald Trump will make a state visit to the UK this summer. The President and Melania Trump will be guests of the Queen during the three-day visit, beginning on 3 June. He will also meet Theresa May and hold talks with ministers and leaders of political parties. Mr Trump met the Queen at Windsor Castle in July last year when he came to Britain on a working visit. Mrs May said she looked forward to the chance for the UK and US to strengthen their “already close relationship”.
The backlash begins
Protesters have already announced plans for mass demonstrations. Hundreds of thousands gathered on the streets during his previous visit to voice their opposition and similar scenes are be expected in June. During the 2018 protests, a giant balloon shaped like the President dressed as a baby was flown over London. Organisers have already said they will start mobilising soon with the exact date to be confirmed.
More than 50 MPs have already opposed the visit. Organised by Stephen Doughty MP, the opposition takes aim at the US leader’s policies on immigration, comments about women, and a 2017 claim from President Trump that London mayor Sadiq Khan had done a “terrible job” in responding to terror attacks in the city. It accuses President Trump of “misogynism, racism and xenophobia”, attacks his “previous comments on women, refugees and torture”, and blasts his “lack of action on climate change and failure to support the Paris Climate Change Deal”.
Donald Trump’s state visit to UK confirmed for 3-5 June (Sky News)
The ins and outs of a state visit (PA Ready News)
Protesters mobilise to disrupt Trump state visit (Yahoo News UK)
Protesters are preparing to take to the streets for Donald Trump’s state visit in June. Protest groups are already planning a mass turnout across the UK in a bid to send a message to the president. How do you feel about the possibility of another visit from President Trump? Read the full story and have your say below:
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