Royal British Legion says it has not been consulted about possible pro-Trump rally

The charity has reportedly been discussed by Foreign Office and US officials as a potential beneficiary of a march that might take place during the US president's visit to the UK later this year

Donald Trump
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The Royal British Legion has denied that it has been contacted about benefiting from a rally that might be held during Donald Trump’s visit to the UK later this year.

According to The Daily Telegraph newspaper, one idea that has been discussed by the Foreign Office and US representatives for the president’s state visit later this year is to hold a pro-Trump rally, with Birmingham suggested as a destination and the proceeds donated to the RBL.

The alleged proposal comes amid concerns about the size of the protests the president would face if he were to visit London, the newspaper says.

In a statement, the RBL said it had not been informed about the proposal.

The statement said: "The legion has not been approached about any aspect of President Trump’s visit to the UK. The legion is a non-political organisation with strong support from communities across the country and does not receive donations from political parties."

The charity also replied with a similar statement to a number of tweets directed at its official Twitter account.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: "We look forward to welcoming the president to the UK later this year. The dates and arrangements for the state visit will be worked out in due course."

A petition on the parliament website to prevent Trump being invited to carry out an official state visit to the UK has been signed by more than 1.8 million people, and will be debated in parliament on 20 February.

The petition has been rejected by the government. 

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