With U.K. election results showing a rocky road ahead for Prime Minister Theresa May, President Donald Trump may soon have to forge a closer relationship with a British politician who has repeatedly criticized him: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The hard-left Labour leader hasn’t minced words when it comes to his views of the president and his policies. Here are five not-so-nice things Corbyn has said about Trump:
1. An "erratic" administration
While campaigning last month, Corbyn said this of the months-old Trump administration: “The U.S. is the strongest military power on the planet by a very long way. It has a special responsibility to use its power with care and to support international efforts to resolve conflicts with care and to support international efforts to resolve conflicts collectively and peacefully. Waiting to see which way the wind blows in Washington isn’t strong leadership. And pandering to an erratic Trump administration will not deliver stability.”
2. “Fake anti-elitism”
Not long after the 2016 election was settled, Corbyn jabbed both UKIP leader Nigel Farage and Trump as “rich, white men” who practiced “fake anti-elitism.” “The fake anti-elitism of rich, white men, like Nigel Farage and Donald Trump, is farcical at one level but in reality it’s no joke at all,” Corbyn said in a speech in November.
3. “Neither the grace nor the sense to grasp” communities’ response to terror
Breaking his silence on last week’s London terror attacks that killed seven and injured dozens more, Corbyn both criticized May’s policies and Trump’s Twitter response.
“At this time it is more important than ever that we stay united in our communities. It is the strength of our communities that gets us through these awful times as London Mayor Sadiq Khan recognized, but which the current occupant in the White House has neither the grace nor the sense to grasp,” Corbyn said.
4. “Sorry, mate, you’re wrong”
Corbyn said if he were prime minister, his message to Trump on climate change would be simple: "you’re wrong," BuzzFeed reported. Speaking at an election rally, Corbyn said: “A Labour government wouldn’t hesitate to ring up and write to Donald Trump to say, ‘Sorry, mate, you’re wrong – stand by the Paris agreement.’"
5. “Donald Trump should not be coming to the U.K.”
In February, Corbyn said “Donald Trump should not be coming to the U.K.” Citing the president’s plan to build a wall along the U.S. southern border, among other things, Corbyn said Britain’s government “should be challenging Trump on international law issues and we should also not be rolling the red carpet out.” Trump is reportedly visiting the U.K. later this year.