Jeremy Corbyn, the socialist politician from the United Kingdom, said Sunday he "welcomes" the cancellation of President Donald Trump's scheduled visit to his country.
Corbyn, who leads the UK's Labour Party and won 40 percent of the vote in the recent UK national election, cited Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement on climate change and Trump's "attack" on London Mayor Sadiq Khan as reasons Trump should not come to the UK.
"Cancellation of President Trump's State Visit is welcome, especially after his attack on London's mayor & withdrawal from #ParisClimateDeal," Corbyn wrote on Twitter Sunday morning.
Cancellation of President Trump's State Visit is welcome, especially after his attack on London's mayor & withdrawal from #ParisClimateDeal.— Jeremy Corbyn (@Jeremy Corbyn) 1497188874.0
The "attack" that Corbyn recalled refers to Trump lashing out at Khan on Twitter on June 4 for Khan's response to a terrorist attack June 3 in London that left eight people dead and 48 others injured. Trump was widely criticized for taking Khan's comments about the attack out of context.
In addition, Trump has been widely criticized by world leaders in recent weeks for choosing to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris agreement on climate change, which was agreed upon by former President Barack Obama.
Trump said he withdrew the U.S. from the agreement because it will stifle the American economy.
But many on Sunday found Corbyn's comments to be a bit hypocritical because in 2009 he called Islamic terrorists in Hamas and Hezbollah "friends" when he was a member of the UK Parliament.
"It will be my pleasure and honor to host an event in Parliament where our friends from Hezbollah will be speaking … I’ve also invited our friends from Hamas to come and speak as well," Corbyn said at the time.
Given his comments then, and his denunciation of Trump, many thought Corbyn's hypocrisy was on full display Sunday:
Says the man who once called Hamas & Hezbollah 'friends'. https://t.co/cCzQEWtHCe— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan) 1497193359.0
Hamas & Hezbollah are "friends," but the duly elected president of your country's top ally is unwelcome. Got it. Wh… https://t.co/ITAcXrkiTO— Guy Benson (@Guy Benson) 1497205379.0
So you want to have an open dialogue with terrorists but @POTUS is too unsavoury for you?
— GAMJ (@Gabrielka_J) June 11, 2017
Hate it when Corbyn gets on his high horse about gay rights. Sorry but you cant do that when you've welcomed Hamas and taken money from Iran— Ben Harris (@Ben Harris) 1497199020.0