The head of the Portsmouth City Council has criticized President Donald Trump's plan to visit the British city on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, saying it "will change things for the worse."
Gerald Vernon-Jackson told Portsmouth's local newspaper that "we don't want to see Trump in Portsmouth."
The city is scheduled to commemorate the Normandy landings on the day's 75th anniversary in June. The event has been planned by the Portsmouth City Council along with the Ministry of Defense and is set to feature military displays and tributes to those who fought in the invasion and in the Second World War.
"His visit has changed things dramatically for D-Day 75 and has ruined things for the people of Portsmouth," he added. "We made a conscious decision not to invite him. We thought about inviting all the heads of state of Allied nations but decided against it."
Vernon-Jackson told the Evening Standard: "I am disappointed because it will change the nature of the event a great deal, for us the center of the events was meant to be the veterans.
"It's the 75th anniversary, this is probably the last time they will get together like this, the last time when they will meet the Queen, the last time the people of the city will be in a big event with them," he continued.
"With Donald Trump coming, I think the chances are that it will move from being around commemoration and instead it will be a day of controversy. There will be protests and that is not what we want."
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