DONALD TRUMP has revealed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had invited him to meet during his three-day state visit to the United Kingdom but ultimately rejected him.
Donald Trump took a dig at Jeremy Corbyn when he revealed the Labour leader had offered to meet during his visit to the UK but he had refused. Mr Trump branded the leader of the opposition a “negative figure” in British politics as he justified his decision to snub the invite. Speaking at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Theresa May, the US President said: “I don’t know Jeremy Corbyn – never met him, never spoke to him.
“He wanted to meet today or tomorrow but I decided I would not do that.
“I think he is – from where I come from – somewhat a negative figure. People should look at how to do things correctly rather than criticise.
“I really don’t like critics as much as I like and respect people that get things done. So I’ve decided not to meet.”
Following the press conference, a Labour spokesperson confirmed: “Jeremy Corbyn proposed a meeting with Donald Trump during the President’s visit.
“Jeremy is ready to engage with the President on a range of issues, including the climate emergency, threats to peace and the refugee crisis.“
In the speech conference, Mr Trump thanked the Queen for the welcome he received during his visit– and thanked her for the state banquet she organised for him and his family at Buckingham Palace – and commended the monarch for being a “fantastic woman.”
The US leader, who travelled to Britain to mark the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings during World War II, said he looked forward to paying tribute to “the heroes who gave their lives to rescue civilisation.”
He continued: “It was a liberation like few people have seen before. Through their valour and sacrifice, they secured our homelands.
“The US and the UK share many goals and priorities across the world.
“The cause for which they died shall live.”
Jeremy Corbyn refused an invitation to the state banquet the Queen held on Monday in honour of Mr Trump and opted to deliver a speech at an anti-Trump march taking place in central London as Mr Trump held the press conference with Mrs May.
As he spoke to protesters in Trafalgar Square however Mr Corbyn backtracked on previous claims he would refuse to meet with Mr Trump: “I am absolutely not refusing to meet anybody, I want to be able to have that dialogue to bring out the better and more peaceful world that we all want to live in.
“But, I am very disappointed, particularly today, on the wonderful festival of Eid, that our, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has been attacked in the way that he has.
“I am proud that our city has a Muslim mayor, that we can chase down Islamophobia, anti-semitism, any form of racism within our society.”
President Trump began his visit to the UK taking a jab at the London Mayor, branding him a “stone cold loser” in a tweet he published shortly before his arrival to London.
He tweeted: “@SadiqKhan, 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 is a stone-cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me.”
Mr Trump is set to conclude his state visit to the UK on Wednesday following celebrations to mark the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in Portsmouth. The Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May will also attend the ceremony alongside 300 veterans.