- Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn to address central London protest against the state visit by President Donald Trump
- Corbyn joins the protest following public row between the president and Corbyn’s Labour colleague, London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
- The president called Khan a “loser” who was doing a “terrible job.”
- Khan responded by labeling Trump a “the far right” threat.
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LONDON – Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn is to speak at a protest in central London on Tuesday against the Trump’s state visit to the UK.
Corbyn will address a rally on Parliament Square, his office confirmed, following the public row between the president and his Labour party colleague Sadiq Khan, in which the president referred to the London mayor as a “loser.”
“Tomorrow’s protest against Donald Trump’s state visit is an opportunity to stand in solidarity with those he’s attacked in America, around the world and in our own country – including, just this morning, @SadiqKhan” Corbyn tweeted.
The Labour has also boycotted the state banquet with Trump, due to take place on Monday evening, along with Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable and the House of Commons speaker John Bercow.
Trump singled out London Mayor Sadiq Khan as he was arriving in the UK on Monday with a series of tweets branding him a “loser”.
In a tweet sent from Air Force One, Trump wrote that Khan, “who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly ‘nasty’ to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom.”
He added: “He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me. Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!”
In response to the tweets, a representative for Khan said the president’s behavior was “much more serious than childish insults which should be beneath the president of the United States.”
The spokesperson added: “Sadiq is representing the progressive values of London and our country warning that Donald Trump is the most egregious example of a growing far-right threat around the globe, which is putting at risk the basic values that have defined our liberal democracies for more than 70 years.”
Downing Street refused to intervene in the row.
“The mayor of London made some comments about the president,” a spokesman for Theresa May told Business Insider. “The president responded. It’s a matter for those two men. They can both speak for themselves.”