In January 2018, US President Donald Trump cancelled a planned trip to the UK.
His stated reason was that the famously unsuccessful realtor didn’t fancy the “off-location” US Embassy. But the real reason was almost certainly that Trump wanted to duck the huge wave of protest that anyone could see would meet any visit. The racist, authoritarian and climate-change-denying policies of the Trump administration stoked a storm of indignation and a series of huge rallies at the very suggestion of his visit.
In mid-April 2018, Trump announced a new trip to the UK, for a “working meeting” with Theresa May. At the time of writing the most likely date for the visit is 14 July.
By the time of this visit, Trump’s most important foreign policy business in Europe — smoothing the way for a more aggressive turn in US policy on Iran — will be completed, as the latest of the 90-day deadlines for renewing the nuclear deal with Iran will have passed. The purpose of the visit will be much more to do with defying popular opposition to Trump and his politics.
The left and the labour movement, especially Young Labour, should start organising now to present a socialist, democratic and humane alternative to the grim nihilism of Trump’s project — and organise a demonstration of international significance.