DONALD Trump snubbed Jeremy Corbyn’s request for a meeting as the Labour leader’s street protest about him fell flat.
But branding him “a negative force”, America’s boss said Mr Corbyn’s tirade of abuse lead him to reject the advance.
Plunging the two men’s relations to a fresh low, Mr Trump said of the veteran Socialist: “I do not know him, never met him, never spoke to him.
“He wanted to meet today or tomorrow and I decided I would not do that.
“I think he is, from where I come from, somewhat of a negative force.
“I think the people should look to do things correctly as opposed to criticise.”
Mr Trump added: “I really don’t like critics as much as I like and respect people who get things done – so I decided not to meet”.
Visiting American presidents customarily make time in their schedules for briefs talks with the Leader of the Opposition, as they hold formal roles.
But Mr Corbyn has repeatedly spoken out against Mr Trump and lead a boycott against his state visit that saw a host of senior party figures refuse the Queen’s invitation to a banquet on Monday night.
Mr Corbyn headlined an anti-Trump rally in Parliament Square, just as the US leader held talks with Theresa May in No10.
‘IT WAS FAKE NEWS’
Organisers had boasted that a quarter of a million people would turn out, with one even predicting the “biggest demonstration in British history”.
But a tiny fraction of that ended up taking to central London’s highly fortified streets, and most under persistent rain, leaving behind discarded placards.
The President’s motorcade drove passed the protests on his way to Downing Street, giving him a brief glimpse of the 20ft Trump baby blimp that flew for a couple of hours over Parliament Square.
Mr Trump also insisted talk of a big demonstration had been wrong, adding during a press conference with Mrs May: “I didn’t see the protesters until just a little while ago and it was a very, very small group of people put in for political reasons so it was fake news”.
One estimate put the crowds at well below 10,000, meaning they almost matched the 6,150 police officers deployed for the Trump visit one-for-one.
Mr Corbyn told the crowd that Mr Trump was guilty of racist policies and spreading hate, insisting to them: “When you’ve created that sense of hate, when you’ve destroyed people’s self esteem by those forms of racism, do you know what? You haven’t built a house, you haven’t built a school, you haven’t trained a nurse, you haven’t defended our natural world.
“All you’ve done is created a greater sense of hate and hatred that goes with it.”
Disappointed protesters turned on the organisers and criticised them for blaming the media for failing to report it.
The Sun Says — Labour's loser
DONALD Trump has the measure of Corbyn.
Never has Labour’s leader looked less like a PM-in-waiting than yesterday.
Despite repeatedly insulting the US President and snubbing his State dinner, Corbyn secretly begged to meet him. Rejected, he slunk off to an anti-Trump demo to make a “speech” that must have had even his staunchest supporters dying with embarrassment.
At tedious length he barked his stock list of leftie gripes, never troubling himself to offer solutions. But that’s all Corbyn is… a career protester, only truly at home when ranting to cheering socialists as angry and dim as he is.
A small, dreary figure who rails against “hate” despite his entire movement being fuelled by it (as sniggering Corbynistas chanting “Nazi” later proved after finding a Trump supporter to attack).
He is a man who denounces racism while blind to his own. Who abuses the President to excite his fanbase, with no regard for the relationship between our great nations, so vital to the free world.
Trump is right: Corbyn is a “negative force” for Britain. We pray voters never have to find it out the hard way.
One demonstrator told Sky News: “I’m not pleased with the organisers – they could have done it a little better starting at 10 and going on until this evening it loses its momentum.
“It would have been nice if there had been 100,000 here.”
“The idea of not allowing the PA system then backing down and blaming the media is interesting.”
Mr Trump also kept up his public feud with London mayor Sadiq Khan, saying he had done a bad job and “hurts the great people of this country”.
But Mr Corbyn hit back at that too, saying: “I am very disappointed, particularly today, on the wonderful festival of Eid, that our Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been attacked in the way he has.
“I’m proud our city has a Muslim Mayor – that we can chase down Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, any kind of racism in our society.
“Because racism divides, exploitation of minorities divides, brings about hatred, dislike, disdain and a horrible place for individuals to live in.”
Mr Khan stayed away from the protests but branded the US President “the poster boy for the far-right movement around the world”.
He added: “Some of the things that he has done as president are deeply objectionable, far more objectionable than silly tweets he might send.”
Gifts from the Trumps
By Emily Andrews
THE Duke of Edinburgh has been given a personalised Air Force One jacket by the Trumps.
Prince Philip, 97, was part of the official exchange of gifts even though he did not attend any of the celebrations.
His jacket is thought to be similar to those worn by many US presidents.
They are blue with a presidential seal and the wearer’s name embroidered on the chest.
Philip was also given a first-edition signed autobiography by World War Two pilot James Doolittle.
The Queen received a silver and silk poppy brooch by Tiffany.
In return, Mr Trump was given a first edition of Winston Churchill’s The Second World War and a set of pens.
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A Labour spokesman confirmed Mr Corbyn had offered to meet.
He said: “Jeremy Corbyn proposed a meeting with Donald Trump during the president’s visit.
Jeremy is ready to engage with the president on a range of issues, including the climate emergency, threats to peace and the refugee crisis.”
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The pair held talks in Downing Street with their other halves ahead of the press conference[/caption]
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