Labour accuses Theresa May of 'humiliating' Queen with Donald Trump state visit
Labour has accused Theresa May of âhumiliatingâ the Queen by inviting Donald Trump on a state visit, branding the President a âdangerâ.
The party's shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said she did not want Mr Trump to come to the UK and criticised the Prime Minister for âprematurelyâ extending an invitation to him.
To the surprise of many, Mrs May invited Mr Trump on an official state visit after he had been in office just days â" a decision that was met with outrage and protests across the UK.
Speaking on the BBCâs Andrew Marr show, Ms Thornberry said the President is a "dang er" and a "racist" and said she did not want him in Britain.
"I don't want him to come to the country,â she said. âI don't think that he should have been given an invitation in the way that he was. That it was wrong for Theresa May to so prematurely give him a state visit.
"I think that it embarrasses the Queen. I think that it is humiliation for her. I think it is wrong to have brought her into this in this way.
"It is very difficult once an invitation for a state visit has been made to withdraw it. Only the Queen can withdraw it and I don't want to put her in that embarrassing positio n.â
Ms Thornberry was scathing about the US president following reports he had branded Haiti and some African states "sh**hole" countries.
"He is an asteroid of awfulness that has fallen on this world. I think that he is a danger and I think that he is a racist."
This week President Trump said he was cancelling a proposed visit to open the new US embassy in London, saying the new embassy was a "bad deal".
However, reports have suggested he called off his trip because he felt he had "not b een shown enough love" by the British Government.
"What kind of visit did he think he was going to get?â Ms Thornberry said. âDid he think he was going to visit in a gold coach?
"Well, you know, Londoners are not terribly impressed with him. Surprise, surprise, and neither, frankly, are the British."
After Mr Trump called off the trip, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, spoke out to say that Mr Trump had âgot the messageâ that Londoners did not want him.
His comments were criticised by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson who said the Mayor risked jeopardising the so-called âspecial relationshipâ between the UK and the US.
On Sunday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also waded into the row and argued that the US is not Britain's most important relationship with another country.
He said the UK had to maintain many important relationships around the world and hit out at the "endless offensive remarks" by Donald Trump about women, minorities and different faiths.
Mr Corbyn, appearing on ITV's Peston On Sunday, said: âThe US one is obviously culturally and economically significant and important.
"Also the trading relationships we have around the world with obviously the EU, but also with India and China and the rest of the world are very important [â¦] our relationship with international institutions such as the United Nations is very important .
"The biggest disappointment of Donald Trump is, apart from his endless offensive remarks about women, about minorities and about different faiths, is his failure to support international institutions like the United Nations and like Unesco."
Mr Corbyn did acknowledge that having a relationship with and influence over the US was important "because it is such a huge military and economic power around the world" but added: âI'm not sure that anyone has succeeded in defining the âspecial relationshipâ.âSource: Google News