Mr Trump recently appeared on Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage‘s LBC Radio show where he praised his ‘friend’ and ‘fantastic guy’ Boris Johnson – and blasted Mr Corbyn, saying he ‘would be so bad for your country… he’d take you into such bad places’.
The Leader of the Opposition had accused Mr Trump of trying to ‘interfere in Britain’s election’, and shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner, a senior Corbyn ally, yesterday claimed his party leader would refuse to meet the US president for a year, focusing instead on relations with Europe.
But speaking on the campaign trail in Swindon today, Mr Corbyn said it was ‘rather odd’ that the US leader had decided to ‘make these kind of comments’ – but clarified that his government would meet ‘anybody’ to ‘put to them our views on peace, on justice, on human rights, on environmental sustainability’.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during a rally while on the campaign trail in Swindon, Wiltshire
Speaking to reporters in Swindon today, Mr Corbyn said it was ‘rather odd’ that the US leader decided to ‘make these kind of comments’
Referring to Mr Trump’s comment that it would be ‘so bad’ if the Labour leader moved into Downing Street, Mr Corbyn said: ‘I understand the President of the United States isn’t pleased at the prospect of a Labour government being elected in Britain.
‘Well, that’s OK, he’s entitled to his choice.
‘All I can say is that, I’m prepared, as our government, our Labour government, to meet anybody and put to them our views on peace, on justice, on human rights, on environmental sustainability, because our government will be a force for all of those things all over the world.’
Donald Trump recently appeared on Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage’s LBC Radio show where he praised his ‘friend’ and ‘fantastic guy’ Boris Johnson
He added that he would speak with the US President to discuss his stance towards climate change policies.
‘What I will say is I will meet any president, any head of state, and put my views to them,’ Mr Corbyn said.
‘In the case of Donald Trump in particular, on the environment and sustainability and invite him to reconsider his condemnations of the Paris climate change accord and just recognise the danger to our planet of this kind of behaviour, where we just ignore all the evidence that there is serious climate change happening.
‘Environmental destruction affects everybody, even he and I.’
Mr Corbyn continued: ‘Well it’s a very odd thing to do and I don’t personally do personal, and leave those matters to Boris Johnson and Donald Trump.
‘But I’m much more concerned about the relationship of the Tory party with the US government and the US on our public services.
‘And the deals they’ve been apparently prepared to do with US pharmaceutical companies for our NHS.
‘I want our NHS to be ours, publicly owned and publicly run. And that’s exactly what will happen with a Labour government.’
‘What I will say is I will meet any president, any head of state, and put my views to them,’ Mr Corbyn said
The Labour leader’s comments come after Boris Johnson announced a fracking ban in a bid to boost Tory green credentials.
Mr Corbyn said his party’s position was ‘quite clear – we will end fracking’, calling the process ‘unnecessary’ and ‘dangerous’, and blasting Mr Johnson’s fracking ban announcement as an ‘election stunt’.
Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom made it clear on Saturday that the ‘moratorium’ imposed after a damning report was only in place ‘until the science changes’.
It came after research from the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) raised concerns over the ability to predict fracking-linked earthquakes.
Mr Corbyn also spoke about blocking a no-deal scenario, saying: ‘We said no to no-deal, because Boris Johnson, Farage and all the others, with their threat of no-deal, the reality of no-deal is straight into the arms of Donald Trump.
‘Straight into the arms of a free trade deal with the USA, with their powers of investor protection and their desire to take over our public services.
‘We will not go down that path under any circumstances, our public services, our NHS, is not for sale to Donald Trump or anybody else.’