Government say Trump will receive ‘full courtesy’ of state visit after a petition calling for cancellation of visit signed by 1.8m people says No
The government has said Donald Trump should be granted the “full courtesy” of a state visit to the UK; even after 1.8 million people who signed a petition ‘against the invitation to the US president’.
The petition, which is being considered for debate in parliament, called for Trump to be allowed to enter the UK for governmental business but not be granted an official state visit “because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen”.
Trump was invited on a state visit to the UK by Theresa May as she visited Washington last month, which could be seen as a bribe. Official invitations for such visits, which include meeting the royal family, are not usually extended to US presidents until several years into their terms.
In an email sent to petition signatories, the Foreign Office said that the government;
“recognises the strong views expressed by the many signatories of this petition, but does not support this petition”.
“This invitation reflects the importance of the relationship between the United States of America and the United Kingdom. At this stage, final dates have not yet been agreed for the state visit.”
The visit has already been the subject of controversy in the House of Commons, after the Speaker, John Bercow, said he would refuse permission for Trump to address Westminster Hall because of parliament’s historic opposition to racisim and sexism; But even so; the governments reliance of cosy hand shakes may cost them the respect of the public.
It remains to be seen whether any President or dignity would say no to a state dinner with the Queen; But has Theresa May sold out the public and monarchy just for a photo with Trump.