Today, June 3, Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, begins his three-day state visit to the UK.
The state visit – which includes a welcome to British culture by way of afternoon tea with Prince William and Kate Middleton and an inspection of the Guard of Honour with the Queen – has courted much controversy.
So much controversy, in fact, that mass protests have been planned by the organisation ‘Together Against Trump,’ taking place both on Monday as the President is due to visit Buckingham Palace and also on Tuesday, when he is visiting departing Prime Minister Theresa May.
The feeling among the protesters is that we shouldn’t need to perform any kind of civic or national duty towards a visiting President whose actions and values are so at odds with the UK’s.
The actions in question being, purportedly, his insistence on the Mexican border wall, his failure to implement stricter gun laws in the face of so many school shootings and his allowance of so many US states to roll back reproductive and abortion rights for women.
If there is one person who is unwilling to observe any kind of civic duty in the face of President Trump’s visit, it’s London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan, who today releases a video that he filmed with ELLE UK.
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