Though President Trump hasn’t officially set a date to travel to Britain, the British are very opinionated about his inevitable visit. British Prime Minister invited, on the queen’s behalf, President Trump to London last month when she visited Washington, D.C.
However, some of British citizens are not happy. A few feel that she invited President Trump too soon, essentially condoning his controversial statements and executive orders. In their opinion, Prime Minister May should’ve waited before “rolling the royal red carpet” for him. To illustrate their frustration, some English citizens have launched an online petition insisting the government to rescind the invitation. Even government leaders have spoken out—Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow publicly spoke out against the possibility that President Trump could address Parliament. Additionally, female Labour representatives have vowed to boycott the event if Trump were to speak.
Other top leaders and spokesmen state that they do not agree with these views. To them, President Trump is a vital ally to Britain; therefore, it’s imperative that the country maintains a beneficial and friendly relationship with the president.
Ultimately, this situation raises a question: Will this become standard as President Trump visits other countries? If so, it’ll be interesting to see how this will affect international relations.
Read the New York Times article here.