UK Voters Split on Trump State Visit.
US President: Donald Trump.
Opposition Leader: Labour's Jeremy Corbyn.
Trump: A man you love or hate.
Donald J Trump, current President of the United States, will come to the UK with a state visit from 3 - 5 June. It would appear according to a 'YouGov' poll, the great British public is divided on his visit, as are British politicians.
From when he was elected to now, Trump has been a controversial occupant of the White House. The man is like Marmite, you either love him or hate him, no in-betweens.
The businessman and ex-reality TV star (Headed US version of 'The Apprentice') has courted controversy over his alleged comments and attitudes to Muslims, Mexicans, women, immigration etc. However, it would appear that the American economy is doing well since Trump has taken office and many have found jobs.
Trump has yet to build his wall to keep immigrants out and his view on climate change (he doesn't believe in it) hasn't changed. In choosing fossil fuels like coal, instead of renewable energy, this has won him supporters as well as haters.
Since coming to power, Trump has surrounded himself with Zionist and right-leaning Christians. Under him, the two-state solution for Israel and Palestine is in all but name, dead. Moving the capital of Israel to Jerusalem, was indeed a very controversial move, upsetting some Jews, many Palestinians and the wider world alike. Trump is best buds with Israel's right-leaning Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Despite the Mueller Report on Russian collusion in the election of Trump in 2016, exonerating him, Trump, may still face possible, impeachment or have to answer questions on alleged, wrongdoing since, becoming President.
When Theresa May visited Donald Trump at the White House, she carried with her an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II, inviting the US leader, to a state visit. This state visit is now being fulfilled, as the US President, will be visiting our shores next month (as already mentioned).
During the state visit, Mr Trump will visit Portsmouth, remembering the 75th anniversary of the 'D-Day Landings'. Whether the President, will address the British Parliament, is in doubt, right now.
Trump came to the UK before, but that was a flying visit and not an official state visit. This time, Trump will be afforded all the pomp and circumstance, that any head of state visiting (on a state visit) the UK, expects. No doubt, he will ride in the gold carriage, alongside the Queen, as many heads of state do, on official state visits, to the UK.
There will also be an official state dinner, held in his honour, with the Prime Minister and the Queen, all attending along with other 'VIP's'. Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader, Leader of her Majesty's official opposition and potential Prime Minister, will not be attending, the dinner. Neither will Lib-Dem leader, Vince Cable.
They are boycotting the dinner, as they see it, because of Trump's alleged views outlined in this article. However, some see this as hypocritical, for example, when the Chinese President, Xi, visited on a state visit, no one at least officially said a word. Also, King Salman, of Saudi Arabia, came here and again not an official whimper, from anyone. Both these men, like Trump, are controversial figures, so why was there no boycotting of their visits?
Back to the 'YouGov' Poll, 51% of Conservative voters welcomed Trump coming here, while 13% of Labour voters did not, while 14% of Lib-Dem voters did not, also.
Again, according to 'YouGov', 46% of leavers wanted to see him here, while, remainers were on 15%, not wanting him here, at all.
Three Trump Supporters and One Hater.
Not surprising, that Trump has his supporters, in the UK, as well as his haters. Boris Johnson, an arch-Brexiteer, makes no secret of his admiration for Trump. Mr Trump, makes no secret of his liking for BoJo, either.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, right-wing Tory and arch-Brexiteer, will no doubt, find a friend in Trump.
As for Nigel Farage, it goes without saying, that Farage and Trump, are 'BFF's', (Best Friends Forever). All of the above, share with Trump, a very right-wing view of the world and the importance, of their nation.
Now we come to one Trump hater, London Mayor, Sadiq Khan. Khan and Trump have been at war, on social media, mainly on Twitter, trading insults and jibes,, from the get-go.
No doubt, Trump will meet Messers, Rees-Mogg, Johnson and Farage, during his visit here. Whether he will meet Khan, is another matter, in his capacity as Mayor of our capital, one would have thought, Khan would have met Trump. However, he may boycott any such meeting, for the same reasons, as Corbyn and Cable have given.
Whilst here, no doubt there will be mass public demonstrations against Trump. There will also probably be, counter-protests in support of Trump. We do indeed, as the Chinese curse says, live in interesting times.