Published: Tue, January 31, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

UK says Trump visit still on amid outcry over travel ban

UK says Trump visit still on amid outcry over travel ban

Fury erupted across the globe on Friday as the Republican President signed an executive order to temporarily ban refugees, from mostly Muslim countries, from entering the US.

Traditionally, US Presidents are extended an invitation after a period of time, but the state visit invitation to Trump was extended within two weeks of him assuming his position a the White House.

"I think I can say with total conviction that her majesty the Queen, who next week celebrates 65 continuous years on the throne will ignore this", Farage told Fox Business on Monday December 30.

"A state visit legitimises his presidency and he will use the photo opportunities and being seen with the Queen to get re-elected".

It is also worth noting that it is very unusual for a newly-elected US President to be offered a state visit less than a year into their first terms.

Trump's approval rating for his job as president was at 42 percent among American respondents, while 51 percent said they disapproved of his performance after being in office for just 8 days, according to a Gallup survey published Saturday.

Graham Guest, who started the petition, said that President Trump should be banned from meeting the Queen during any visits to England due to his "well documented misogyny and vulgarity".

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Downing Street has insisted the visit will go ahead.

Last January, a public petition called for Trump to be banned from entering the country after he first floated the idea of banning Muslims from the United States.

The prime minister was the first world leader invited over last week, cementing the much-vaunted special relationship by offering President Trump a state visit to the United Kingdom later this year.

Almost 1.7 million people have now added their signatures to the petition, which says such a visit would be an "embarrassment" to Queen Elizabeth II. That petition scored more than 500,000 signatures and thus prompted a debate in Parliament.

"It's slightly odd he should be invited so quickly and particularly in view of the statements that he's made", Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn told ITV1 Sunday.

The British petition does not call for Trump to be barred from the United Kingdom but does say any official state visit should be axed "because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty, the Queen".

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband tweeted that he and Iraqi-born MP Nadhim Zahawi would be calling for an "emergency" debate today on the matter.

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