Jeremy Corbyn promises there'll be 'no more hand-holding with Donald Trump' if he becomes PM

Jeremy Corbyn pictured in London today ahead of his foreign policy speech (Rex)

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to “reshape” Britain’s relationship with the US should he win power in the General Election – adding that there would be “no hand holding” with Donald Trump.

In a speech outlining his stance on foreign policy, the Labour leader accused the government of “pandering to an erratic administration”.

Describing a refugee crisis of “epic proportions” and a global situation that is getting “more dangerous”, Corbyn said the US President was making matters worse.

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He said Donald Trump “seems sadly determined to add to the dangers by recklessly escalating the confrontation with North Korea, unilaterally launching missile strikes on Syria and opposing President Obama’s nuclear arms deal with Iraq.”

He added that while a Labour government would like a “strong and friendly” relationship with the US “we will not be afraid to speak our mind.

“Britain deserves better than simply outsourcing our country’s security and prosperity to the whims of the Trump White House. So no more hand holding with Donald Trump.”

 

Donald Trump and Theresa May pictured during their famous hand-holding moment in Washington in January (Rex)

Corbyn promised that a Labour government would produce a “robust” foreign policy and while seeking to work for peace.

He went on to oppose what he describes as the Conservatives’ “bomb first, talk later” approach to security, which he says has failed. He added: “To persist with it, as the Conservative government has made clear it’s determined to do, is a recipe for increasing not reducing threats to security.”

Protecting the country would be his “first duty” as PM, he said – denying that he’s a pacifist.

A Labour government would pursue what he called a “triple commitment” to defence, development and diplomacy.

Corbyn added that he was prepared to negotiate with ISIS, and accepts that “military action under international law is a genuine last resort [and] is in some circumstances necessary”.