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Sammy Wilson leads DUP MPs in backing Donald Trump for re-election

Sammy Wilson posted the image on Twiiter showing him with fellow DUP MPs Ian Paisley and Paul Girvan 
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Three DUP MPs have been criticised after posing with a banner backing US president Donald Trump in his bid to win re-election in November.

East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson tweeted the image showing himself, Ian Paisley and Paul Girvan posing outside the Houses of Parliament in London with the banner reading: 'Trump 2020, Keep America Great!"

Mr Wilson added a handshake emoji between Union and US flags.

Reacting to the photo, UUP MLA Doug Beattie tweeted the one-word retort "Cringe".

Labour MP and A&E doctor Rosena Allin-Khan said: "These four are an embarrassment by parading this flag on the grounds of our Parliament.

"Almost 200,000 Americans have sadly died while the racist, sexist and homophobic US President continues to spout hate."

The DUP show of support for President Trump comes after controversial unionist ex-councillor Jolene Bunting launched an online crowdfunder for supporters of Mr Trump to tour Ulster with a trailer.

Ms Bunting has encouraged her Twitter followers to donate to the 'Ulster-Scots for Trump' campaign.

Latest polls have shown approval ratings for the president steadily climbing in recent days after plummeting during the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the improving numbers for Mr Trump, Democratic Party contender Joe Biden continues to lead in key battleground states.

The election is scheduled for Tuesday November 3.

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