Who wants to sit next to Donald Trump during the state banquet? That question is being negotiated in the UK now that a number of prominent people have signed out to join the upcoming state visit of the US president.
The state visit will be at the invitation of the British Queen Elizabeth II and will take place from 3 to 5 June. Trump is in Europe because of D-day commemorations, exactly 75 years ago. First lady Melania will accompany Donald Trump, who is not particularly popular in England, on the trip. Demonstrators are once again preparing a warm welcome and the Blow-Up Trump will again fly over London, it is expected.
It becomes a little embarrassing for the British hosts now that some prominent people are refusing to participate in the state banquet. The last in the list is, not entirely unexpected, Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn. He said it was at least wrong to roll out the red carpet for a president who “uses racist and unfriendly rhetoric.”
Also the leader of the Liberals, Sir Vince Cable and the party leader of the Scottish party SNP, do not want to have dinner with this American president and, remarkably, also the – thanks to his appearances in the Brexit debates – now the chairman of the Lower House, John Bercow has signed out. According to a spokesman for the Lower House, Bercow was of course invited, but he politely thanked him for the honor.
Around 150 guests are expected at the table and it is expected that there will be more impediments. The receiving British Royal family will of course be present, although some British newspapers know that also Megan Markle, the heavily pregnant American wife of Prince Harry, does not want to go to Trump. Markle would have formally announced that she is on maternity leave and therefore not working. In 2016, the current countess of Suxxex supported Hillary Clinton during the US presidential campaign. “I am not voting for Hillary because she is a woman, but because Trump has made it simple that you do not really want to live in a world as he sees it,” Megan said at the time. The question now is whether her husband, Prince Harry, will only go to the banquet. According to insiders, the Royal cannot be forced to do so, but it would be “strange” if he too stayed at home.
Last year, tens of thousands of Britons took to the streets during Donald Trump’s visit to the British Queen Elizabeth. The six-meter-high inflation Trump was also carried there, which the American president presents as an orange baby. During that visit Trump also caused a fuss by spraying the necessary criticism in an interview with The Sun on Prime Minister Theresa May and her approach to the brexit. According to Trump, that was typically a case of fake news in which The Sun released the tape of the conversation showing that Trump had indeed said what he later denied.