Hello and hi. It was recently announced that President Trump was invited by the Queen for a State visit. He of course, graciously accepted. Trump touts himself as an anglophile-is he really an anglophile? I think he is perhaps Pro Scottish (as his Mum was Scottish*) but he is totally anti SNP (Scottish National Party). Anyway, if you don’t already know, an anglophile is someone who is fond of or greatly admires Great Britain.
A proposed state visit to the UK by President Trump may or may not happen-now that he has issued an executive order, clamping down on immigration to the US. Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said it would be “totally wrong” for the visit to go ahead later this year, as reported by the BBC. In addition, a petition to stop the state visit has now reached over 300K signatures-which means that it will be considered for debate in Parliament. Yup. However, Downing Street (where our PM lives) was asked for a response regarding the calls to cancel – and a spokesman said: “We extended the invite and it was accepted.”
In addition, Corbyn added (on ITV’s Peston on Sunday) “I think we should make it very clear that we are extremely upset about it, and I think it would be totally wrong for him to be coming here while that situation is going on. ” Indeed. I am not a massive fan of Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, but I do agree with him on this. Corbyn went on to say, “I think he has to be challenged on this. I am not happy with him coming here until that ban is lifted, quite honestly. ”
In addition, The Lib Dems chimed in as well. Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron commented, “Any visit by President Trump to Britain should be on hold until his disgraceful ban comes to an end.” Yes, totally agree with you on that, Tim. Farron ended by saying: “…otherwise Theresa May would be placing the Queen in an impossible position of welcoming a man who is banning British citizens purely on grounds of their faith.”
In addition to Corbyn and Farron, Alex Salmond-SNP’s foreign affairs spokesperson indicated that the state visit would be “a very bad idea” followed by “you shouldn’t be rushing into a headlong relationship with the President of the United States.” Yikes…slight dig at our PM, Theresa May. Like she even cares what Alex Salmond thinks-I know for a fact, she does not.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan also agreed that the visit should not happen while the executive order was in place. He added, “I am quite clear, this ban is cruel, this ban is shameful, while this ban in is place we should not be rolling out the red carpet for President Trump.”
So there were of course, loads of other politicians who were not in favour of Trump’s state visit to the UK…too many to list here. Whether he comes or not, time will tell-am not sure if this issue will even be debated in Parliament-but it could happen. Anyway, I will leave you with this…Sarah Wollaston, Conservative MP for Totnes tweeted earlier that the US President should NOT be invited to address the Houses of Parliament, saying that Westminster Hall “should be reserved for leaders who have made an outstanding positive difference in the world.” Good point, Sarah.
The state visit to the UK was announced during our PM’s trip to the US recently. No date has been set (but it will most likely be in the summer…if it happens. IF). That is all .
*As mentioned, Trump’s Ma was originally from Scotland. Mary Anne MacLeod was from the Hebridean Island of Lewis-which is off the west coat of Scotland. She emigrated to America and met and married Frederick Trump (who was of German origin). Hmm…I do believe my President is a massive hypocrite. But of course, I already knew that.