Barack Obama pays tribute to ‘selfless’ Jo Cox

Posted On: 
24th September 2016

Barack Obama has paid tribute to Jo Cox, the Batley and Spen MP who was killed in her constituency during the EU referendum campaign. 

The US President met her husband, Brendan Cox and their children on Friday.  

Mr Cox later tweeted: “The kids & I met @POTUS today. He was excellent with the kids, we talked about Jo, fighting extremism & the kids gave him their best drawings.”

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A White House official said: “The visit was the result of an invitation the president extended to Mr Cox and his family when he called him on June 17 to offer his sincere condolences on behalf of the American people.

“The president reminded Mr Cox and his children that the selfless service to others of their late mother had made the world a better place, and reaffirmed their shared commitment to carry on the legacy of her work.”

The man accused of killing Ms Cox, 52-year-old Thomas Mair, will go on trial in November.