Thursday, 26 January 2017

Sky News: Don't 'grovel' to Donald Trump, MPs tell Theresa May

Sky News: Don't 'grovel' to Donald Trump, MPs tell Theresa May

Theresa May has faced a backlash from MPs after a Number 10 briefing that she will praise Donald Trump during her visit to the US.

The Prime Minister has been urged not to "grovel" to the President when she becomes the first world leader to hold talks with him on Friday, following his comments on waterboarding, women and immigrants, and his attitude to free trade.

Ahead of her meeting with Mr Trump, Downing Street briefed that she would praise him for renewing the US in a speech to a Republican conference in Philadelphia.

Mrs May will say: "As we rediscover our confidence togther - as you renew your nation just as we renew ours - we have the opportunity - indeed the responsibility - to renew the special relationship for this new age.

"We have the opportunity to lead, together, again."

The disclosure of the content of Mrs May's speech sparked anger from MPs across all parties, with calls for her to tackle Mr Trump over torture, immigration and sexism, and not to capitulate on free trade.

In two tweets Labour's Yvette Cooper, who was Mrs May's opposite number as shadow home secretary for several years, said: "Please don't do this Theresa. UK can work with US without praising him. Really hoping you are better than this."

She added: "Nothing should shock me anymore but am so disturbed that @Number10gov thinks it's OK to brief TMay "praising" Trump just as he endorses torture."

It's not just in EU negotiations that May wants to 'have her cake and eat it,' but in political rhetoric too. The prime minister wants to identify herself as a populist, the sort that would appeal to those who vote for Trump or UKIP, yet at the same time, she wants to be the champion of global free trade and a defender of liberal values. It's not going to work.

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