Emily Thornberry had to call off plans to build political contacts in the U.S. after White House officials rebuffed Labour’s fervently anti-Trump shadow Foreign Minister, a source has revealed.
The MP for Islington South and Finsbury, who is set to visit New York in February to meet with United Nations agencies, had hoped to secure meetings in Washington at which she would promote Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour as a “government in waiting” to figures in the U.S. administration, according to the Times.
“It became clear pretty quickly that the White House wasn’t especially keen to meet them. Can’t think why,” a source told the newspaper.
Ms Thornberry — who hit the headlines in 2014 during EU elections when she sneered at a voter for owning a white van and displaying England’s flag on his home — has repeatedly attacked Donald Trump and his administration, having just in the last fortnight branded the U.S. president a dangerous racist and an “asteroid of awfulness”.
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Labour denied that Ms Thornberry had planned to meet with figures from Trump’s administration, insisting she had hoped to build contacts with other power brokers in D.C.
Noting the Labour figure has repeatedly described her party as a “government in waiting”, editor of the Times political website Red Box, Matt Chorley, commented that Ms Thornberry would likely have looked on the U.S. trip “as a way of cementing her position as a soon-to-be foreign secretary.”
Senior representatives from Labour have lined up to criticise President Trump, with London mayor Sadiq Khan having repeatedly called for the U.S. leader to be banned from Britain.
In a video for Sky News last October in which she agreed that the president should be denied a state visit, Ms Thornberry claimed that “multicultural, multi-faith” London is “an example to the world, and certainly an example to Donald Trump”.
Breitbart London has previously reported how the UK capital has now overtaken New York City as one of the most dangerous cities in the world, with Khan having presided over double-digit rises in the most serious types of crimes over the last year.