Trump to visit UK in July: Sadiq Khan, Twitterati fire up, promise ‘loud’ protests
Trump has previously cancelled a trip to the UK, refusing to open the new US embassy in London, which relocated from Mayfair to Nine Elms. Trump blamed the Obama administration for a "bad deal" on the embassy, despite the fact the move was agreed under George W. Bush.
Speaking at a St George’s Day event in Trafalgar Square earlier in the week, London Mayor Khan warned Trump to expect “loud” protests if he visits Britain this summer. He slammed the Republican leader for “amplifying far-right messages.”
“I hope if he does come, he reflects on the difference good leadership can make. We have got a great history in our city of protests... we have got a great history in our city of bringing about change by protest, the key thing is for it to be lawful, for it to be peaceful.
“I have no doubt that if he does come, there will be some people who want to express their views loudly and peacefully to the president."
Khan has previously found himself a target of Trump. The president launched a scathing attack on the mayor following the terrorist attacks in Borough Market and on London Bridge in July.
At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has jumped on the anti-Trump bandwagon, vowing in an online video to ensure mass protests will take place in the event of the American president’s visit.
WATCH 🎥 @realDonaldTrump should not be given the red carpet treatment in the UK.— Scottish Labour (@scottishlabour) April 22, 2018
That’s why @LabourRichard is helping to lead the Scotland United Against Trump campaign to ensure there is a mass protest if Trump does visit. pic.twitter.com/1uPGOCoem3
Trump has a checkered past with the people of Scotland, boasting both family heritage and a string of business investments including hotels and a golf course. Many of Scots, however, seem to want little to do with the outspoken president. In 2016, 50 left-wing activists forced their way into two of Trump's hotel resorts in Scotland, to protest a man they called "one of the world's most prominent racists." In 2017, a Scottish woman sued one of Trump’s golf courses after staffers photographed her weeing without her knowledge or consent.
News of Trump’s latest planned visit has sparked a storm on Twitter, with UK Trump fans taking to the platform to welcome the president and to celebrate his impending visit.
Hope Trump comes to visit the UK in July!— Major Tom (@MajorTom2Ground) April 25, 2018
CNN will cover the protests, Theresa May will be useless, the Remoaners will remoan but the rest of Britain will be getting on with supporting civilization, Brexit & The President!#Trump#Brexit#TrumpUKvisit#US#UKpic.twitter.com/MbWcr2p2oa
Trump will be visiting the UK in July. I don't much care for the man, but thousands of people who would never dream of protesting against the leader of an Islamic country that executes LGBT people will take to the streets of London to protest. #Bandwagon#Hypocrites#trumpvisit— Perky Warbeck (@LabourGay) April 25, 2018
Others have used Twitter to express an outpouring of fury, as well as pledges to protest the embattled American leader. UK police expect hundreds of thousands of people to turn in any planned demonstration against Trump.
The UK is known for its massive protests. I hope they give Trump what he really deserves!!! Every minute of every day he is there.— Maggie Ricker (Aged Fine) (@MaggieRicker) April 25, 2018
Donald Trump UK visit: Reports of July trip spark outrage online as activists promise protests— sue (@Feisty_Female) April 26, 2018
Trump will NEVER be welcome here , only the morons who support him will be happy and thankfully they are the minority, the rest of us can see what a piece of scum he really is
Khan has also copped a beating at the hands of the Twitterati. Condemned by Trump supporters for his stance against the US leader, UKIP London Assembly Member David Kurten took to Twitter to slam London’s mayor in a string of tweets for encouraging protests.
.@sadiqkhan is encouraging protests against @realDonaldTrump, but why no mention of the cluster bombing of children in Yemen or the death sentences, lashings and imprisonment given to 'apostates' in Saudi Arabia when the Saudi Crown Prince came to London last month? #Hypocrisy— David Kurten ن (@davidkurten) April 22, 2018
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