Trump's state visit: Jeremy Corbyn snubs invitation to palace banquet

Trump's state visit: Jeremy Corbyn snubs invitation to palace banquet

Britain's main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday declined an invitation to a banquet with Donald Trump when the United States president visits in June, accusing him of using "racist and misogynist rhetoric".

"Theresa May should not be rolling out the red carpet for a state visit to honor a president who rips up vital worldwide treaties, backs climate change denial and uses racist and misogynist rhetoric", Corbyn said in a statement.

Mr Corbyn joins outgoing Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vincent Cable and the Speaker of the House John Bercow in rejecting an invitation to attend the formal dinner at Buckingham Palace. The trip was repeatedly put off amid concerns about anti-Trump protests and Britain's extended Brexit crisis.

Britain's Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is filmed on an "eco bus" in Nottingham, England, Thursday April 25, 2019.

Mr Trump will hold bilateral talks with Mrs May at Downing Street during the visit from June 3-5, and will take part in commemorations in Portsmouth marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. "The Labour leader revealed he has turned down an invitation to the event citing President Trump's use of 'racist and misogynist rhetoric" among his reasons for refusing to attend.

Trump is due to visit Britain between June 3 and 5, becoming the third USA president to have been accorded a state visit by Queen Elizabeth.

FILE - In this Friday, July 13, 2018 file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, gestures while speaking during their meeting with with British Prime Minister Theresa May, right, at Chequers, in Buckinghamshire, England. He has also said he will block any opportunity for President Trump to address both houses of parliament in Westminster Hall.

The Prime Minister was widely was widely criticised for inviting the U.S. leader to make a state visit just days into his presidency in 2017.

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