Trump visit: Government must not 'cosy up' to US president

3 July 2017 - 10:15am
Press release

Responding to news that Downing Street is braced for the visit of President Trump, War on Want’s executive director, Asad Rehman, said:

“Donald Trump’s misogynist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant views have contributed to a spike in Islamophobic and other hate crimes in the USA. With racism once again blighting the lives of many communities here in the UK, the last thing the UK government should be offering is a veneer of respectability to someone who promotes divisive and reactionary policies such as Muslim and refugee bans.

“Rather than cosy up to Trump, in the hope of making some tawdry back room deals, the government should listen to the millions of British people who have sent a clear message that human rights, justice and equality can’t be trumped.”

 

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