Union calls for support for anti-Trump protest

A trade union is hoping people turn out in force to protest at United States President Donald Trump’s anticipated visit to the UK next month.

Unite has said it will hold a rally outside Oxford train station on February 24, two days before President Trump is expected to open the new US embassy in London.

The group said it hopes hundreds of people will join in at 13 protests around the south east.

In a statement the union said: “Donald Trump has proven to be a truly divisive President. He promotes policies that are racist, Islamophobic and sexist.

“South East Unite promotes fairness, dignity and respect. We proudly work to build stronger communities and help empower people to organise and improve our lives collectively.

“We actively encourage inclusion, diversity, and equality. Together we are the polar opposite to Trumpism.”

Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed President Trump would make the trip to the UK on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, but it is unlikely to be a full state visit, meaning he probably won’t meet the Queen. President Trump’s visit is due to take place on February 26 and 27.

Unite added: “We aim to mobilise hundreds of people to send a clear message to Donald Trump and the UK Government – there is no place for politics of greed and hate in our country.”

Protests across the region will take place between midday and 1.30pm. Leaflets and placards will be in evidence on the day.

In 2016, Oxford University researcher Dr Kevin Dutton ranked then-US presidential hopeful Mr Trump above Adolf Hitler in a study of psychopathic traits in leaders.

He worked with political correspondents and official biographers for the research that analysed traits such as fearlessness, cold-heartedness and self-centred impulsivity.

President Trump claimed he was a ‘very stable genius’ on Saturday after a critical biography questioning his fitness for office was released.

The book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by American journalist Michael Wolff, was published on Friday.

The new £750million US embassy will open to the public on January 16 in Nine Elms before President Trump officially opens it next month.

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