In the days since President Donald Trump signed his controversial executive order on immigration, some British politicians have called on Prime Minister Theresa May to withdraw the U.S. leader’s state visit invitation. But May isn’t budging.
From The Blaze
When Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has been leading a campaign to block Trump from visiting Buckingham Palace, slammed May on Wednesday for not canceling her invitation to the president, she delivered a no-holds-barred response.
“He can lead a protest, I’m leading a country,” she charged.
It is important to note, too, that, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, the invitation was made by May “on behalf of” Queen Elizabeth II, so the invite does not appear to be the prime minister’s to rescind.
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) January 27, 2017
Corbyn argued in front of the prime minister that Trump has “torn up” international agreements on refugees, taking issue with the president’s 120-day freeze of the U.S.’s refugee resettlement program, and “incited hatred” against Muslims with his 90-day moratorium on entry into the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries.
All of this backlash came after May visited the U.S. last week to meet with Trump at the White House, where the two leaders held a joint press conference Friday. Trump signed the executive order that evening, following May’s visit.
With little to no evidence, several of May’s political opponents suggested she was aware of the executive order before it was signed. Even Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said it was “disgraceful” that May knew about Trump’s action and didn’t speak out against it, according to The Sun.
During his diatribe against Trump, Corbyn referred to a petition on the British Parliament’s website that has garnered more than 1.8 million signatures, stating Trump “should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.”
Hitting back at Corbyn, May said the politician’s statements are an “insult” to the democratically elected president of Britain’s “most important ally” — the United States.
May, who leads the Conservative Party, then went on to say that, despite suggestions by members of Parliament, she did not have any prior awareness of Trump’s executive order.
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