US President Donald Trump ‘not welcomed’ in Royal Greenwich

File photo dated 07/07/17 of US President Donald Trump, who has shared videos tweeted by the deputy leader of far-right group Britain First, Jayda Fransen, purporting to show Muslims committing crimes.

Greenwich Council has barred Donald Trump from visiting Greenwich, if a State visit goes ahead.

The town hall has adopted a motion calling for the Government to abandon plans for a State Visit for President Donald Trump.

The borough has also declared that ‘should a State Visit go ahead, President Trump would not be welcome in the Borough’.

The motion was adopted at the full council meeting of the Borough, held on December 13. The council expressed ‘alarm at the decision of President Trump to retweet Islamophobic Propaganda’ and ‘sadness at the President’s bigoted attitude towards women and ethnic minorities’.

Cllr Denise Hyland, Leader of the Council said: “On a daily basis we work hand in hand with residents from all communities to ensure this borough is a peaceful and welcoming place that celebrates difference and diversity, but in the case of President Trump we are willing to make an exception. We are one of 32 London boroughs, all different, all individual but all home to people from across the world.

This diversity strengthens our borough. It enriches our lives on a daily basis. And it reminds us all that we have so much more in common than divides us. As one of the most multi-cultural London boroughs, we are a place that has worked tirelessly to break down barriers. We have no time for people who want to build walls, when we have done so much to break them down.”

The motion was prompted by President Trump’s decision to retweet the extremist far-right Britain First Twitter account. It also follows the President’s open criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan just hours after 7 people were killed and 48 people injured in the London Bridge terror attack.

Cllr Chris Kirby, who presented the Motion said: “President Trump has regularly expressed abhorrent and aggressive views and in doing so has enabled the spread of division and hatred. We have worked incredibly hard in this Borough to build strong community ties across all faiths and backgrounds – President Trump’s views, attitude and policies are totally incompatible with that work.”

Cllr Kirby went on to say that: “As a Council we hold responsibility for more than 270,000 residents. We took the view that we could not stand by and watch the level of public debate be poisoned by the rhetoric that the President and others like him have continued to use. We have stood up and made our position clear: there is no place for aggressive, bigoted and hateful rhetoric in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.”

For details on the full Motion at last night’s Full Council meeting, go to www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/meetings

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