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An Unwelcome Guest

by Mohammed Nazir Tabbasum

His father, Fred Trump, was arrested after a Ku Klux Klan riots erupted in the 1920’s between members of the white supremacists Klan and supports of the Italian fascist movement. He is allegedly described as the most licentious so far as his sex life is concerned. His affair with the porn star Stormy Daniels came to the limelight during the days of his campaign. Daniels was arranged to keep her mouth shut during the campaign period by his team and an amount of $130,000 was paid to her in October 2016 as a price through Trump’s lawyer.

The Guardian reported on 26 April 2016 that Donald Trump has acknowledged for the first time that his lawyer Michael Cohen represented him in the “crazy Stormy Daniels deal” – despite having previously denied knowing about a $130,000 hush payment arranged by Cohen to silence the adult film star, who claims to have had sex with him more than a decade ago.

Previously, the US President had cancelled his London visit, apparently scared of facing the huge mass protests because of his policies unpalatable to the British public. Now the BBC confirmed his date of visiting this country as July 13. The US President is scheduled to attend the NATO Conference in Brussels and soon after that he will pay a stormy visit – not a full state visit – to London.

Almost every US President, except Lyndon B Johnson, have been paying a visit to the Queen. When Theresa May, our Prime Minister, met the new entrant of the White House in January last year, she was the first world leader to call at Donald Trump. She had then extended an invitation to the President for a full state visit to the UK. But, the President has so far been dilly-dallying to come to the UK.

Now, at last, as reported by Jon Sopel, BBC north America editor, that what he understood was the President is likely to visit the Queen. He will certainly hold talks at Downing Street with Theresa May. This one is not going to be a full-blown state visit as promised by him to the British Prime Minister, yet it is understood that an invitation to a state visit still stands.

Donald Trump is not liked by most of the British population because of his open siding the American White Supremacist organisation KKK, and because of his jaundiced world view, his comments about immigrants and the immigration policy, his decision to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his withdrawal from the world agreements such as on climate change and with Iranian government.

However, it would be interesting to watch him meeting the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. He openly used his diatribe against the London Mayor Mr Sadiq Khan, he the latter was declared elected to the office. Commenting of Trump’s scheduled visit to London, Sadiq Khan said:

“If he comes to London, President Trump will experience an open and diverse city that has always chosen unity over division and hope over fear. He will also, no doubt, see that Londoners hold their liberal values of freedom of speech very dear.”

Previously, Mr Trump cancelled his planned visit to London on the eve of inauguration of the new American embassy in Vauxhall this year, on the pretext that the move to an “off location” south of the Thames was a “bad deal”. Nevertheless, he won’t be able to run away from the severe protests being organised in London.

More than 33,000 people on Facebook have already said they will attend a protest organised by left-wing journalist Owen Jones. Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s director has said:

“When Donald Trump arrives on these shores, we and thousands of our supporters will very definitely be making our voices heard.”

During the BBC programme Question Time, Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, said that she would not join the protests, but defended the rights of others to do so. She further said that Mr Trump’s actions and his attitudes have made him so frightening to say so in this country.

Six conservative groups – including think tanks the Bow group and the Burges group – have written to Mr Trump urging him to focus his visit on his “ancestral home” Scotland where his mother was born. His mother was born on the island of Lewis. Here in Scotland, Mr Trump owns a golf resort in Aberdeenshire. He is expected to meet the Queen at Balmoral during his controversial visit.

Ben Harris Quincy, chairman of the Bow group, said: “A visit to London by the President is likely to draw major protests, crime and disorder, and we do not wish to see Britain or President Trump embarrassed by this.”

But, even here, the Scottish Labour leader, Richard Leonard, has pledged to lead the protest against Trump: “Someone who holds such misogynist, racist and anti-trade union views, not to mention his whole approach to foreign policy, someone who rejects the Paris Climate change agreement, [rejects Iran’s Nukes agreement], should simply not be given red carpet treatment.”

Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, last November, after the President retweeted an anti-Muslim video, argued that such a visit would be “inappropriate”, adding: “When Donald Trump was elected I said that we could not afford to compromise our own principles in the interests of diplomatic silence and this is one occasion where that is absolutely the case.”

Donald Trumps is someone who is self-sufficient in creating enemies for himself. He banned a Scottish soft drink over the premises of his holiday resort in Scotland. Thus, the Scottish correspondent of the Guardian writes:

“White House diplomacy has dipped low after it emerged that Donald Trump’s luxury golf resort in Turnberry, Scotland, has banned the sale of Irn-Bru on the premises. The ban has caused inevitable outrage on social media and will likely swell the protests already planned should Trump visit Scotland as part of his trip to the UK in July.”

Lib Dems’ Deputy Leader, Jo Swenson, said her party would protest against Trump’s visit. “It’s our opportunity to stand in solidarity with all the people he has abused and denigrated.”

Reacting to the news of US President’s London visit, Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary said: “Fantastic news”; Trump would “at last” be visiting Britain.

Now everyone in Britain will be eagerly waiting for the unwelcomed American guest.


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