President Trump Visit (2)

Meeting:

Mayor's Question Time

Date:

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Reference:

Question 2017/5302

Main question

David Kurten

What will you do to make the President of the United States, our greatest friend and ally, feel welcome when he comes to visit London in February 2018?


Answer

The Mayor

As I've previously made clear, as Mayor, I will always speak up to protect the interests and security of Londoners. I have previously called on Theresa May to cancel her ill-judged offer of a state visit to President Trump. After the latest incident, where President Trump used twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists solely to sow division and hatred in our country, it is clear that any official visit here would not be welcomed.

Many Brits who love both America and Americans, as I do, will see recent comments made by President Trump as hardly in tune with the special relationship between our two countries.

London is a beacon of tolerance, acceptance and diversity, and Mr Trump has demonstrated time and time again that his views are completely incompatible with the values Londoners hold dear.