London, Feb 14: The British government has officially rejected a petition calling for US President Dold Trump’s state visit to the UK to be cancelled. Nearly two million people signed the petition on the official Parliament website, with the number still rising.
In a written response, the Foreign Office said that it did not agree with the request and would extend “the full courtesy of a state visit” to the controversial US President, the Independent reported on Tuesday. The government’s statement said that it “recognises the strong views expressed by the many sigtories of this petition, but does not support this petition.”
The statement added that the invitation, which Prime Minister Theresa May extended to President Trump during her visit to Washington in January, “reflects the importance of the relationship between the United States of America and the United Kingdom”. However, the petition will still be debated by MPs in Westminster Hall.
Downing Street on Monday refused to rule out moving the state visit to Birmingham in the hope of avoiding protests. House of Commons Leader David Lidington had earlier said discussions about the visit’s many “variables” were “still ongoing”.
The rejected petition’s text said that Trump “should not be invited to make an official state visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen”. It continued: “Dold Trump’s well documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by Her Majesty the Queen or the Prince of Wales. Therefore, during the term of his presidency Dold Trump should not be invited to the United Kingdom for an official State Visit”. The Prime Minister invited Trump to come to Britain while on her visit to Washington DC in January. She was the first world leader to officially meet Trump after his iuguration. (IANS)