Donald Trump refuses meeting with ‘negative force’ Jeremy Corbyn

Larry Hoffman
June 5, 2019

Jeremy Corbyn has addressed thousands of people who took to London's streets in protest on the second day of US President Donald Trump's state visit to Britain. You'd have done well to pick out a Trumpite among them, though.

However, anti-Trump protesters once again inflated the infamous "Trump baby blimp" on Parliament Square outside Westminster as he met the Prime Minister.

Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, appeared in cutout form, while the late John McCain - a man who Trump continues to feud with even after his passing - looked on over Trafalgar Square with a furrowed brow. "I'm proud that our city has a Muslim mayor", Corbyn said, adding that London as "as a community" should "work together to bring about that different world".

Earlier today, the 20ft "Trump baby" blimp, which became the focus of last year's protest during Mr Trump's first visit to the United Kingdom as president, took to the skies for a second time after permission was granted by the Greater London Authority.

Mr Corbyn, who refused to attend a state banquet for Trump on Monday evening, said he will join the crowd of protesters to "stand in solidarity with those he's attacked in America, around the world and in our own country".

Corbyn slotted into his role as dissident on Monday too, boycotting the state banquet laid out for Trump at Buckingham Palace.

"In welcoming visitors to the United States, I hope there can be a conversation", he said.

"I think that he is, from where I come from, somewhat of a negative force".

"I don't agree with all his policies. I think there's a great opportunity to greatly enlarge that, especially now", he said.

"And frankly if we are good friends then it is right for us to say to good friends "we disagree with you, we vehemently disagree with you".

Another clip showed Trump supporters behind a line of police at the entrance to a pub in Whitehall as a much larger crowd chanted: "Nazi scum off our streets".

The president was asked about the Tory leadership hopefuls after it emerged he had spoken to Boris Johnson earlier today and has asked environment secretary Michael Gove to meet him personally.

Scotland Yard's Deputy Commissioner Sir Steve House told the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee on Tuesday the policing plan has so far worked "effectively".

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