Farron: Trump is an embarrassment. May must withdraw the State Visit invitation

Sadiq Khan’s calm leadership of London through two awful terrorist atrocities is worthy of praise. Not, though, if you are Donald Trump, who took to Twitter to attack the London Mayor.

Publicly humiliating someone who is working all hours dealing with a major incident is not on if you are a private citizen. If you are the leader of the free world, it’s completely unacceptable. This is the guy to whom Theresa May has granted the high honour of a State Visit.

Trump has shown on so many occasions that he doesn’t deserve it – not least because he attacks Sadiq Khan with what is becoming monotonous regularity.

Tim Farron has said that the invitation should be withdrawn.

Trump is an embarrassment to America.

In the wake of three recent terrorist attacks, two of which killed people on the streets of London, Donald Trump decides to use his time in the Oval Office to attack the Mayor of London over twitter.

Sadiq Khan has shown dignity and leadership.

Theresa May absolutely must withdraw the state visit. This is a man insulting our national values at a time of introspection and mourning.

We need a special relationship not a supine relationship.

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  • That should make Bill Le Breton a tadge happier……or at least less grumpy…..

  • Lorenzo Cherin 5th Jun '17 - 10:56pm

    Anyone like me with family and friends, through marriage or work ,personal or political
    Interest or involvement, in the United Stares, must despair at Trump !

    If a Liberal Democrat at least we have knowledge of so many better people in politics there, and the campaign to defeat him, that is ongoing and takes place any moment we read of or see talent amongst the potential candidates who can build for victory !

    Under a better electoral system we would have President Clinton, and if here, maybe not Prime Minister Farron, Secretary of Sta for something very significant as he deserves .

  • David Evershed 6th Jun '17 - 11:57am

    As a liberal I have no difficulty socialising and conversing with people who have different opinions to me. Indeed I welcome it as a way of learning from them and perhaps them learning from me.

    If UK leaders and the Queen can do deals with IRA leaders then we should certainly be happy to have a state visit from the President of the country that is our greatest ally and the one we would depend upon if attacked by Russia, China or North Korea for example.

  • A Social Liberal 6th Jun '17 - 2:49pm


    Our leaders only talked to the Irish terrorists once PIRA accepted that they had lost and had stopped killing innocents. When they resumed their violence we placed them back out into the cold until Adams and McGuinness realised that the actions they resorted to had no place in negotiations.

    Trump is a petulent, bullying child. Like all such children he needs to be placed on the naughty step until he comes to realise the error of their ways. You do not stand up to bullies by offering your backside for them to kick, you face up to them and make sure there is no misunderstanding that their behaviour is wrong and needs to change.

    I agree with Tim

  • The Queen has been put in a very difficult position by Theresa May over a US presidential state visit. Any criticism we make should always carry the caveat of not causing any further embarrassment to the Queen.

  • David Evershed 6th Jun '17 - 4:59pm

    Qatar known to fund terrorists such as Islamist State.

    Qatar now cut off by Saudi and other neighbours.

    Trump claims credit from his visit to Saudi.

  • re Trump……………………

    Just read Brendan Cox’s account of how President Obama invited him to take the two children to the White House after Jo’s death, and how wonderfully empathetic the President was with the children when he met them.

    One still grieves for Jo………….., but there is also a further sense of loss – that we no longer have President Obama in the White House………… what a contrast with the vainglorious and ridiculous Trump.

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