Labour's Emily Thornberry brands Donald Trump a 'racist' who does not understand trade deals

Labour’s Emily Thornberry has branded Donald Trump “a racist” and compared his presidency to “an asteroid of awfulness” that has befallen the world.

The Shadow Foreign Secretary said it was wrong for Theresa May to offer the US president a state visit and said Londoners and the rest of Britain were repelled by his views.

It comes after Mr Trump confirmed he will not open the new US embassy next month, blaming the Obama administration’s decision to move it to an “off location” in a “bad deal”.

Ms Thornberry said it was clear that Mr Trump “did not understand” how trade deals work, when he said it would be easy to do a deal with the UK within weeks.

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