Eastwood praised for Trump stance

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood (by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye)
SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood (by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye)

A Derry community activist has praised SDLP leader Colum Eastwood for standing by his principles and refusing to meet Donald Trump.

Frankie McMenamin said that as a former community worker from the Bogside he respected the Derry politician for his stance.

“I congratulate him for what he has said I think it is a great principle if he sticks to it.

“Too many of our politicians are on their knees to these world powers begging for crumbs.”

Mr. McMenamin said he believed the SDLP leader’s stance would chime with young people.

He also said that Colum Eastwood has been a campaigning politician on various issues important to local people since the start of his career and deserved praise for that.

He added: “Seeing Trump in the Whitehouse is like seeing Del Boy from ‘Only Fools and Horses’ in the Whitehouse,” he said.

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood denounced US President-elect Donald Trump following last week’s election result, and repeated his pledge not to go to the White House during his presidency.

Mr Eastwood released a statement in which he refused to congratulate the tycoon and savaged his ideology.

In it, the SDLP leader describing Trump’s election as “not so much a victory of right over left, it was a victory of fanatical and fantasy absolutism over a more considered, coherent and kinder politics”.

Mr Eastwood added: “It is for this reason I have said that I will not attend a Trump White House.

“I choose to stand by a very different set of values than those displayed by this man.”