British lawmaker: Trump invite to visit UK should be withdrawn
Donald Trump is promoting the propaganda of a racist far right group. His invite to visit the UK in 2018 should be immediately withdrawn. pic.twitter.com/kgjbrG4XxQ
— Chuka Umunna (@ChukaUmunna) November 29, 2017
British lawmaker Chuka Umunna called for President Trump’s invite to visit the United Kingdom in 2018 to be withdrawn.
His call comes after Trump on Wednesday morning retweeted a series of videos that purported to show violent acts by Muslims, first sent out by the leader of an ultranationalist party in Great Britain.
“I don’t think the president of the United States, a president that has not only promoted bigotry, misogyny and racism in his own country — I don’t think he is welcome here,” he said during an interview on Sky News.
“I think the invite that has been made to him to come to our country in early 2018 should be withdrawn.”
He accused Trump of normalizing hatred.
“Somebody in his position, doing what he has done and said, not only in his own country but now getting involved in the debate here, he is normalizing hatred,” he said.
“I think that takes us down a very, very dangerous road indeed and you’ve got to call it out.”
Trump on Wednesday retweeted posts from Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the ultranationalist Britain First Party.
One of the tweets, which included videos, read: “VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!”
Another tweet read: “VIDEO: Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!”
The tweets set off an immediate firestorm for Trump, who talked about barring Muslims from entering the country during his presidential campaign.
In October, The Evening Standard reported that U.K. diplomats were talking about Trump’s future visit to the U.K as a “working visit,” meaning it would likely be part of a multi-country trip and lack the grandeur of a typical state visit.
A White House official disputed the report in the British newspaper that the president’s trip had been downgraded from a “state visit.”
The president’s U.K. visit has been a source of controversy in the past.
Trump reportedly told Prime Minister Theresa May that he was concerned about protests and did not want to visit the country without public support.
In June, London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for the U.K. to cancel the visit, which was planned for late 2017 at the time, after Trump slammed Khan’s response to a London terror attack.
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