“This is an incredible victory. By Trump’s own admission, people power has forced him to postpone this state visit,” an activist said.
It’s “people power” that has U.S. President Donald Trump “running scared,” declared on Sunday Nick Dearden, the director of Global Justice Now, part of the Stop Trump coalition in the U.K. that has campaigned vigorously against his visit to the country, as well as his policies.
The Guardian reported Sunday that Trump reportedly told Prime Minister Theresa May that he will not visit the U.K. if there are massive protests against him, saying that he won’t like to come if he’s not welcomed by people.
The message was relayed allegedly in a phone call between the two. An aide to the prime minister who was present said May was surprised.
“This is an incredible victory. By Trump’s own admission, people power has forced him to postpone this state visit which Theresa May should never have offered in the first place," Dearden said in a statement Sunday. "As part of the Stop Trump coalition, we put tens of thousands of people on the streets earlier this year, and warned they would be multiplied many times over if Trump actually came to the UK. He’s running scared, just like Theresa May."
People are starting to assemble outside the US Embassy to resist Trump's climate vandalism. LETS ORGANISE! pic.twitter.com/0Zr8qk7u2C— Stop Trump (@UKStopTrump) June 1, 2017
“This is another major blow for our own prime minister, who has peddled her own version of Trump’s politics, lining up with human rights abusing regimes across the world and blaming migrants and foreigners for the problems created by years of neoliberal governments,” he added.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted that Trump’s decision was “welcome, especially after his attack on London’s mayor & withdrawal from #ParisClimateDeal.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson from May’s office refused to comment, saying, “We aren’t going to comment on speculation about the contents of private phone conversations. The Queen extended an invitation to President Trump to visit the UK and there is no change to those plans.”
The White House also denied the Guardian report in a conversation with Reuters, with an administration official saying, "The subject never came up on the call."