US President Donald Trump came to the United Kingdom on June 3 for a state visit. Large protests were expected to denounce his visit after his recent controversial remarks on Brexit. This was reported by DW agency.
President Trump was due to hold private talks with Prime Minister Theresa May, who is stepping down on June 7 after failing to get support for her Brexit plan.
Later, the prime minister's office said that the president would be given a tour of the World War II Cabinet War Rooms museum on Tuesday, and that the two leaders together would host a roundtable discussion with US and UK businesses.
Several high-level opposition politicians have announced their intention to skip the banquet in protest of Trump's antagonistic rhetoric. Recently, Trump suggested that Britain walk away from Brexit talks and refuse to pay the £39 billion (€45 billion, $50 billion) divorce fee May has already agreed to.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan even called it "un-British" to "roll out the red carpet" for Trump, in an op-ed for The Observer, a Sunday newspaper. In a Twitter post, he wrote that Trump's "behavior flies in the face of ideals America was founded upon."
Apparently, Trump recently referred to a member of the royal family, the American-born Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, as "nasty" when he found out that she had heavily criticized him before her marriage to Prince Harry.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned Trump's comments as "entirely unacceptable interference in our democracy." Corbyn has also criticized the way the government has rolled out the red carpet for a man who "rips up vital international treaties, backs climate change denial and uses racist and misogynist rhetoric."