U2 are in Canada on a North American tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their The Joshua Tree album, but Bono says the U.S. leader is not welcome at their concerts.
“Trump’s supporters – the people who voted for Trump – are welcome at U2 gigs in America, but Donald Trump himself is not welcome at U2 gigs in America,” the Elevation singer told the Irish Independent newspaper. “I welcome his supporters. But him? I don’t want him here. A person like that.”
The 57-year-old’s anger with the President is due to the Trump administration floating moves to drastically cut HIV/AIDs research funding in draft budget documents released in March (17).
“I don’t want to meet a person like that,” the rocker explains. “I don’t think this hyperbole – the largest intervention in the history of medicine is the fight against HIV/AIDS and the Americans have led it. It has had cross-party support. Bush started it; Obama continued it, even though he wasn’t going to get the praise for it. And the idea that he (Trump) might undo that has me right on the back foot.”
Despite his objections to Trump, Bono met with his Vice President Mike Pence in February (17) and urged him to maintain funding for research into the disease.
“I know Pence has been fighting for this,” he explains. “I think this is important. I have fallen out with some of my friends over meeting Pence. But it is kind of my job, you know?”
Bono previously revealed Trump’s shock election victory in November (16) caused U2 to scrap their planned album Songs of Experience and head off on The Joshua Tree tour.
Bono, 57, also revealed details of the band’s new album, a follow-up to 2015’s Songs of Innocence, which is set for release next year.
The star said that RTE sports pundit Eamon Dunphy inspired a track on the new offering.
He explained: “Eamon Dunphy had a very big influence on our new single.
“He said when speaking of my missus that ‘Ali was the best thing about Bono.’ So we’ve written a song called You’re The Best Thing About Me.”
The trek began in Vancouver, Canada on Friday (12May17) with the North American leg concluding in Cleveland on 1 July (17) before the band head to Europe.