Donald Trump Refused to Meet 'Negative Force' Jeremy Corbyn Despite Request from the Socialist Labour Leader

U.S. President Donald Trump has said he refused a request to meet with the U.K.'s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn—despite a request to do so from the avowed socialist.

Trump made the claim at a joint U.S.-U.K. press conference with Prime Minister Theresa May, who leads the governing Conservative Party.

"He wanted to meet with me and I told him no," Trump said. "I don't know Jeremy Corbyn. Never met him. Never spoke to him. He wanted to meet today or tomorrow and I decided that I would not do that.

"I think that he is, from where I come from, somewhat of a negative force. I think that people should look to do things correctly as opposed to criticize. I really don't like critics as much as I like and respect people that get things done. So I've decided not to meet."

A Labour Party spokesman told Newsweek: "Jeremy Corbyn proposed a meeting with Donald Trump during the president's visit. Jeremy is ready to engage with the president on a range of issues, including the climate emergency, threats to peace and the refugee crisis."

The comments came shortly after Corbyn addressed an anti-Trump rally in Central London, where there is a mass demonstration against the president's state visit to the UK.

"In welcoming visitors from the United States, I hope there can be a conversation," Corbyn told the crowd. "I am not—absolutely not—refusing to meet anybody. I want to be able to have that dialogue to bring about the better and more peaceful world that we all want to live in."

Corbyn said he was very disappointed that the president had attacked the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, a member of the Labour Party, around the time of Eid, the holy day for Muslims that marks the end of Ramadan.

Before his plane had even touched down at Stansted Airport on Monday, Trump took aim at Khan on Twitter, saying he had done a "terrible job" as mayor and calling him a "stone cold loser."

Khan has repeatedly criticized Trump's rhetoric and actions, and recently compared him to 20th-century fascist dictators. The pair have clashed before on a range of issues and Khan has suggested there are Islamophobic undertones to Trump's criticism.

"I am proud that our city has a Muslim mayor, that we can chase down Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, any form of racism within our society, because racism divides," Corbyn told the London rally against Trump.

"Exploitation of minorities divides. Exploitation of minorities brings about hatred, dislike, disdain, and a horrible place for individuals to live in.

"When you've created that sense of hate, when you've destroyed people's self-esteem by those forms of racism, do you know what? You haven't built a house, you haven't built a school, you haven't trained a nurse, you haven't defended our natural world. All you've done is created a greater sense of hate and hatred that goes with it."

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US President Donald Trump (L) and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leave after giving a joint press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth office in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of his three-day State Visit to the UK. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images