There aren’t very many people who like President Donald Trump, especially when you expand the search internationally. It is for this reason that many Americans and internationals were shocked to learn of UK Prime Minister Theresa May inviting the newly-elected Donald Trump on a state visit to the U.K., a prestigious honour usually reserved for exceedingly special leaders or heroes with worldwide acclaim.
The state visit typically entails a ceremonial welcome by the monarchy, an elaborate carriage procession followed by a significant number of mounted soldiers and a gun salute from the Green Park and the Tower of London. According to the website of the monarchy, what comes next is:
‘A very grand formal occasion held in the Buckingham Palace Ballroom. Around 150 guests are usually invited on the basis of their cultural, diplomatic or economic links to the country being hosted. Before dinner is served, The Queen makes a speech and proposes a toast to the visiting Head of State, who replies and in return proposes a toast to Her Majesty.’
However, assumedly due to the high numbers of people both in London and across the UK protesting Trump’s impending state visit, it has been postponed until at earliest, 2018. A formal petition claiming that to host Trump would be an ’embarrassment’ to Her Majesty the Queen has been circulating at lightening speed, and garnered more than 1.8 million signatures before it had to pause due to general election. According to the petition hosting platform:
‘If a petition gets 10,000 signatures the government will respond… If a petition gets 100,000 signatures it will be considered for debate in Parliament.’
That certainly demonstrates the significance of the number of signatories on this particular issue. Now, London’s very own mayor is speaking up against President Donald Trump and the visit and lending his support to the protests.
Trump and Mayor Sadiq Khan got off to a bumpy start initially when the president insulted the man via Twitter in the aftermath of the London terror attack back in June, writing:
‘At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!”‘
At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
‘Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his “no reason to be alarmed” statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!’
Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his “no reason to be alarmed” statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017
To add insult to injury, Khan is the first Muslim mayor of a western capital city, and he did not mince words when articulating exactly why he does not agree with the state visit:
‘State visits are different from a normal visit and at a time when the President of the USA has policies that many in our country disagree with, I am not sure it is appropriate for our government to roll out the red carpet… If someone has views that I think can be changed I am ready to play my role. If you somehow think it is not possible to be a Muslim and a proud westerner I am happy to disabuse you of that idea, whether you are a reporter for CNN or Donald Trump.’
Yikes. At least the majority of Americans aren’t alone in their evaluation of Donald Trump and how horribly damaging this presidency has been to America’s relationships with our allies.
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