Jeremy Corbyn to skip Trump state dinner in UK

 Jeremy Corbyn to skip Trump state dinner in UK
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British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Friday that he will skip an upcoming state dinner with President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE.

"[British Prime Minister] Theresa MayTheresa Mary MayThe US needs a Secretary of Loneliness EU pushes Brexit deadline back to Jan. 31 Hold the Brexit Champagne MORE should not be rolling out the red carpet for a state visit to honour a President who rips up vital international treaties, backs climate change denial and uses racist and misogynist rhetoric," Corbyn said in a statement.

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He added that maintaining a good relationship with the U.S. does not "require the pomp and ceremony of a State Visit" and expressed disappointment in May's willingness to "kowtow" to the Trump administration.

“I would welcome a meeting with President Trump to discuss all matters of interest,” Corbyn said.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Corbyn's statement.

Other prominent British politicians, including House of Commons Speaker John Bercow and Liberal Democrat party leader Sir Vince Cable, have also declined invitations to the state dinner, according to the BBC.

The White House announced Tuesday that Trump had accepted Queen Elizabeth II's invitation for a state visit in June. He is scheduled to participate in a meeting with May and attend D-Day anniversary ceremonies commemorating the Allied invasion of Europe during World War II.