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Rebellious Gerald Vernon-Jackson has been left furious after Downing Street went above the head of the city council to roll out the red carpet for the leader of the free world – despite Portsmouths express wishes not to.
Now the Liberal Democrat leader fears the invitation of the divisive billionaire-turned-politician will throw the commemorative event on Southsea Common into chaos, with protests on the streets.
Buckingham Palace said in a brief statement: “The President of the United States of America, President Donald J. Trump, accompanied by Mrs Melania Trump, has accepted an invitation from Her Majesty the Queen to pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom from Monday 3rd June to Wednesday 5th June 2019.”
His calls have been echoed by Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth South MP, who said it was unacceptable taxpayer cash would be spent on the visit.
Speaking to The News moments after a joint press statement by Downing Street and the White House revealed Mr Trumps visit to the UK – and to Portsmouth – Councillor Vernon-Jackson said: We dont want to see Trump in Portsmouth.
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Trump to make first state visit to UK in June
His visit has changed things dramatically for D-Day 75 and has ruined things for the people of Portsmouth.
The President of The United States of America, President Donald J. Trump, accompanied by Mrs Melania Trump, has accepted an invitation from Her Majesty The Queen to pay a State Visit to the UK. pic.twitter.com/e3ANW9bUKa
We made a conscious decision not to invite him. We thought about inviting all the heads of state of Allied nations but decided against it.
As revealed today, the president will be flying to Britain on Monday, June 3, as part of his long-awaited state visit.
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His trip will see him meeting with the Queen, staying in Buckingham Palace and later visiting prime minister Theresa May in Downing Street.
UK to host US State Visit and D-Day commemorations in June
The president will then travel to Portsmouth on June 5 to witness the citys D-Day 75 spectacle on Southsea Common, which will be honouring the survivors of the Normandy invasion in 1944.
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