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04th Jun 2019

Donald Trump rejected Jeremy Corbyn’s request for a meeting

Kyle Picknell

Trump claimed he turned down a meeting with Jeremy Corbyn during his joint press conference with Theresa May

Donald Trump held a joint press conference with departing prime minister Theresa May today as part of his state visit to the UK, during which he stated that he refused a meeting with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Speaking at the Foreign Office, just the other side of Downing Street from Number 10, Trump admitted that Corbyn had wanted to meet him but was denied the request.

“He wanted to meet today or tomorrow and I decided that I would not do that,” Trump explained.

He then referred to Corbyn as “somewhat of a negative force” before adding “I really don’t like critics”.

A Labour spokesman confirmed that Corbyn had proposed a meeting with Trump during his presidential visit. They said that the Labour leader “is ready to engage with the president on a range of issues, including the climate emergency, threats to peace and the refugee crisis”.

Trump also expressed a similar opinion on Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who he had called ‘a stone cold loser’ on Twitter earlier in the week. The US President said of Khan: “He causes a lot of problems, [and is] a negative force, not a positive one. He hurts the people of this country. ”

At the same time, Corbyn himself was taking part in the mass anti-Trump protest that took place in central London, starting at Trafalgar Square.

During his address, Corbyn hailed the NHS and reiterated that it should be for sale to American healthcare companies as part of a trade deal with the US.

He also attacked Donald Trump’s treatment of migrants and refugees, stating: “Treat them as fellow human beings and citizens of this planet – who deserve our support, sympathy and understanding.”

Visibly impassioned, he continued: “Think on please about a world that’s one of peace and disarmament, that is one of recognising the value of all peoples, is a world that defeats racism, defeats misogyny, defeats the religious hatred that is being fuelled by the far right.”

Donald Trump added during his press conference that it had been a “true honour” to deal with May, before turning to her and describing it as a “pleasure working with you”.

He ended by describing the relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States of America as the “greatest alliance the world has ever known.”