Donald Trump Is A 'Demagogue' Who Is 'Not Welcome' In The United Kingdom, The Guardian's Editorial Board Says

Ahead of President Donald Trump's three-day visit to the United Kingdom, one of England's biggest newspapers has said the U.S. president is unwelcome.

"Mr. Trump is a demagogue who represents a threat to peace, democracy and the climate of our planet. As elected leader of the U.K.'s closest ally, he can't be ignored. But making him, his wife and four adult children the honored guests of the Queen risks legitimizing his destructive policies, his cronyism and his leanings towards autocracy," The Guardian's Editorial Board said in a column released just hours before Trump is scheduled to begin his schedule of events in the U.K.

The column also takes a shot at U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, saying, "Two and a half years after Theresa May rushed to become the first world leader to meet the newly inaugurated President Trump in Washington, she has chosen to make a state visit that should not be taking place the final act of her premiership. While the prime minister's poor political judgment and obstinacy have been hallmarks of her three years in office, the spectacle of the next three days will make a particularly awful ending."
Trump's visit to the United Kingdom has already sparked numerous planned protests, including the return of a balloon that depicts the president as a diaper-clad baby clutching an iPhone. London Mayor Sadiq Khan gave a group of protestors, The Stop Trump Coalition, permission to fly the balloon for several hours on Tuesday near Parliament Square.
"Mr. Trump is only the third U.S. president ever to be honored with a state visit, the others being George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Inviting him in the first place was a crass error. Following through in the midst of the U.K.'s current political crisis is an act of gross irresponsibility," the editorial board said.
The column later states that the "biggest danger" in the president's visit isn't a "boost to his ego" as he meets with Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal Family, but in how Trump's appearance in England could give further credence to right-wing and "anti-democratic" movements within the U.K.
"Indeed, this has already happened. Mr. Trump's suggestion that Nigel Farage should be involved in future negotiations with the EU was widely reported," the column says. "So were his declaration of support for no-deal-supporting Boris Johnson in the Conservative leadership contest, and his advice against paying the EU's divorce bill. ....Mr. Farage has been gifted an endorsement from the most powerful man in the world – while diplomatic norms have once again been trashed."
Farage, the leader of the Brexit Party, has often been compared to Trump. The two men met in the United States while Trump was in the midst of his 2016 presidential campaign and, on Sunday, The Sunday Times published an interview where the president said it was a "mistake" for the U.K. not to use Farage in negotiations for the country's exit from the European Union.
Trump also praised another U.K. right-wing politician, Boris Johnson, when he told The Sun that Johnson would be an "excellent" replacement for May when she steps down as prime minister on June 7.
"For the government of a nation in the throes of what threatens to become a full-blown constitutional crisis to invite such irresponsible interference is a form of national self-harm. But the harm caused by the choice to indulge Mr. Trump will ripple beyond our shores too," the editorial board wrote, citing renewed tensions regarding impeaching Trump after comments made by special counsel Robert Mueller last week, the president's ongoing trade war with China, the tariffs recently announced for Mexico, and Trump's stance on abortion laws passed in states such as Louisiana and Alabama.
The editorial board ends with a call for May and others to "challenge him directly" or "risk appearing to give the assault on women's rights, and bullying of neighbouring states, a seal of approval."
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U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media before he departs the White House on June 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. The president and First Lady Melania Trump will be guests of the Queen and attend a ceremony in Portsmouth to mark 75 years since the D-Day landings. Getty/Tasos Katopodis
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