United Kingdom government responds to petition to stop Trump's State visit

Pablo Tucker
February 14, 2017

Head of the UK government Theresa May on Tuesday officially rejected the petition against US President Donald Trump's official visit to the United Kingdom which has gathered 1.85 million signatures so far.

The UK govt said it recognised the "strong views" expressed but looked forward to welcoming the United States president once details have been arranged.

"HM Government recognizes the strong views expressed by the many signatories of this petition, but does not support this petition", the British administration added.

"Therefore during the term of his presidency Donald Trump should not be invited to the United Kingdom for an official State Visit". "At this stage, final dates have not yet been agreed for the State Visit", it concluded.

The rejected petition's text said that Mr Trump "should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen".

The government responds to any petition which receives more than 10,000 signatures, the government issued a similar response to the petition which was pro-visit.

MPs will debate both the pro- and anti-Trump petitions in Parliament next Monday.

On the same day, a huge "Stop Trump" protest is due to be held in Parliament Square, as part of what organiser Owen Jones called a "nationwide day of action" against "hatred, racism and division".

Official invitations for such visits, which include meeting the royal family, are not usually extended to U.S. presidents until several years into their terms.

The invitation was given on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II.

A competing petition supporting the president's visit has been signed by over 300,000 people.

The Republican is expected to be met by mass protests after he temporarily banned people travelling to America from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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