Speaking before a mass demonstration in London on Tuesday, which will be addressed by the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, Thornberry said: A state visit is an honour and we dont think this president deserves an honour.
The truth is he has tried to close borders with Muslim-majority countries, he is caging small Mexican children, he has grabbed women and boasted about it. He is a sexual predator, he is a racist and its right to say that – we need to think about when is it our country got so scared? she told BBC Radio 4s Today programme.
Thornberry said Corbyns attendance at a state banquet for the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, was a different situation.
Demonstrators shouted expletives as Mr Trump passed the blimp in his limousine The Beast on the way to meet Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street – with up to 250,000 people expected at a carnival of resistance.
When you have a close friend and theyre going wrong, you are more likely to be adamant with them and clearer with them than someone who has not been as close a friend and someone you are trying to build a relationship up with, she said.
Thornberry, speaking earlier on ITVs Good Morning Britain, said Labour would not refuse to engage with Trump, but would do so without pomp and ceremony.
When I become foreign secretary, I hope that what he will respect and understand is a certain amount of strength and an ability to be able to say what it is that you think, and not be bullied and kowtowed and shouted over. And say Britain is a friend of a America, you are going wrong, she said.
The shadow foreign secretary called the governments attitude pusillanimous, its too weak, it doesnt stand up to him, and said the president undermines the world order in a hugely risky way.
Thornberry said she had written to Buckingham Palace to pre-emptively decline an invitation to the state dinner hosted by the Queen at the palace on Monday night, which Corbyn also declined to attend.
I didnt want to embarrass the palace by them sending an invitation and me saying no. So I wrote and pre-empted it, she said.
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The Queen invited the president over on the advice of the prime minister. That advice was wrong. Im not saying that he should not come and have business meetings, Im not saying we shouldnt talk to him, but the things I want to say to President Trump I probably shouldnt say in front of Her Majesty. We would end up having an argument.
In refusing to come out for a confirmatory referendum as the primary aim of Brexit policy, Jeremy Corbyn, and his 4M allies – Len McCluskey, Karie Murphy, Seumas Milne and Andrew Murray – have signalled they would not want to turn their backs on Labour's traditional working class voters, many of whom were Brexiters, and did not wish Labour to become the party of the lefty London middle classes.
A huge police and security operation was under way on Tuesday morning, with protesters barred from demonstrating directly outside Downing Street and road closures in place.
Organisers of the Together Against Trump protest have billed the day as a carnival of resistance, with demonstrators gathering at Trafalgar Square from 11am to declare a Trump-free zone.
Demonstrators will not be permitted to march past Downing Street, as part of Whitehall will be closed off, the Metropolitan police confirmed on Monday afternoon. Organisers had initially planned to demonstrate outside the entrance to Downing Street as Trump held talks at No 10.
Theresa May, who is hosting the US president as one of the final acts of her premiership, will not hold a one-on-one bilateral meeting with him, but will host Trump in Downing Street on Tuesday for a series of events, including a press conference later in the afternoon.
So it is a bit confusing that Labour's leader has chosen not only to boycott the state banquet for Donald Trump tonight, but tomorrow he'll be the most important speaker at the anti-Trump rally.
She will insist the relationship between the US and the UK is a great partnership, but one I believe we can make greater still.
For the avoidance of doubt, I am not saying Corbyn is right or wrong to put himself at the vanguard of those incensed that Trump is here.
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The two leaders will jointly host a business breakfast with US and UK companies, highlighting the claimed benefits of a post-Brexit bilateral free-trade deal. Trump has tweeted that a big trade deal is possible once UK gets rid of the shackles [of the EU].
About 250,000 anti-Trump activists gathered when he flew into the UK in July last year for his first visit as US president.
Protests are also planned in Birmingham, Stoke, Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Chester, Leicester, Oxford and Exeter.
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Home UK World Politics US Ocean Rescue Science & Tech Business Ents & Arts Offbeat Analysis Opinion Sky Views Videos Weather Watch Live Corbyn to join anti-Trump protesters after snubbing state banquet Thousands of officers will be deployed in London as people protest the state visit, which will be addressed by the Labour leader. By Mark White, home affairs correspondent
image/svg+xml Why you can trust Sky News The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will join thousands of anti-Trump protesters on the streets of central London today, as Scotland Yards Commissioner warns her officers will take firm action against any protesters who break the law.
Mr Corbyn, who snubbed last nights state dinner at Buckingham Palace, said he wanted to show solidarity with demonstrators and planned to address the protest.
A huge police and security operation is in place for the US Presidents three-day trip and severe restrictions have been placed on areas where Mr Trump will visit, preventing the public from getting too close.
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Last year, almost 10,000 officers were deployed for Mr Trumps trip to the UK, with nearly every force in the country providing staff to support the operation.
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This years state visit is even bigger, as the Metropolitan Police said it had “a very experienced command team” leading the operation.
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Wherever the US President goes, there is always a well-rehearsed security plan and US secret service agents have been mingling with their British policing colleagues and members of the public.
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But Skys policing analyst Graham Wettone said the addition of large numbers of protesters makes events much more unpredictable.
“The difficulty is, youve got a huge a security operation, but you dont really know what the protesters and demonstrators are going to do. If they decide to do something that isnt either known about or authorities are aware of, that makes it really complex for the police to respond and react to that,” he said.
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Protesters are again hoping to fly the Donald Trump blimp, which depicts the American leader as a giant yellow baby.
Supporters of Human Rights charity Amnesty will also unfurl five giant banners from Vauxhall Bridge, facing the US embassy, saying “Resist sexism”, “Resist racism”, “Resist hate”, “Resist cruelty” and “Resist Trump”.
In Finsbury Park, north London, organisers of todays No To Trump rally said that many people had expressed interest in attending.
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Organiser Terina Hine said: “He has torn up the Iran nuclear deal, an international trade treaty, hes threatened war with Iran, hes a threat to world peace, the list is endless.
“The government is currently rolling out the red carpet to Donald Trump and we think that as a racist, misogynist, warmonger, that this should not be the case.
“I think the vast majority of people in the UK dont support Donald Trumps politics. We had thousands of people out there on the streets of London the last time he visited, so hopefully there will be even more on the streets this time round.”
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A look at the day of pomp and ceremony for President Trump Ed Epstein, a tourist from Seattle, joined several thousand outside Buckingham as the President arrived on Monday.
“He represents the United States of America. And while I may be dismayed at what he says sometimes and I wish he would stay on script, I still support many of the things that hes doing.”
Scotland Yard said officers met organisers of the Together Against Trump protest, who plan to gather in Trafalgar Square this morning.
The force will agree a route with the demonstrators, allowing them part way down Whitehall, but they will be kept well back from the gates to Downing Street when the Presidents motorcade arrives there.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said that the force would be “firm” with protesters who break the law.
She said: “We take our role really seriously, on the one hand to keep safe the visiting head of state and their entourage and everybody connected with it, and of course our own royal family, and on the other hand in a liberal democracy like ours to ensure that if people wish to protest lawfully they can do so without crime, and do so safely.
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“We will be pretty firm if protesters are intending to try to protest in a way which is unlawful, and very, very firm if anybody wants to do anything which might in any way endanger security.”