Amid growing chaos in the wake of President Donald Trump’s new immigration policy, which bans people from seven, predominantly Muslim countries, from entering the states, there are demands for his state visit to the UK to be cancelled.
During a visit to the White House, British Prime Minister Theresa May revealed that President Trump and the First Lady had been invited to visit the Queen later this year, and that he had accepted.
However, there is now mounting pressure for the visit to be cancelled as a result of his controversial policies. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he did not believe it was right that Britain should host the president with all the pomp and ceremony of a state visit while what he described as “awful attacks on Muslims” were ongoing.
He questioned whether it was right to endorse someone who used “awful misogynistic language” throughout his election campaign, attack Muslims and beginning to build a wall between the US and Mexico.
Mr Corbyn said that Britain should make it clear how upset it was with President Trump’s actions, adding: “It would be totally wrong for him to be coming here while that situation is going on. I think he has to be challenged on this. I am not happy with him coming here until that ban is lifted, quite honestly.” He said he was worried about the long term impact on the world as a whole as a result of President Trump’s policies and actions.
Meanwhile, Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, said that President Trump’s bar on people from seven countries was “shameful and cruel”. He added that the new ban on people coming in from predominantly Muslim countries flew in the face of the US’s previous policy of “freedom and tolerance”. His comments come as it emerged that one of Britain’s senior MPs, Nadhim Zahawi will no longer be able to enter America.