How Donald Trump Has Left Queen Elizabeth In A "Very Difficult Position"

Posted February 03, 2017

While lawmakers don't have the power to rescind the invitation, the February 20 debate puts May in an awkward position and shows what an antagonizing figure Trump has become, even outside the U.S. After news of the travel ban broke, though, May was slow to respond.

He argued the state visit should be delayed until later in the presidency, and Trump should instead be invited for an official visit this year, "centred mainly on political talks with the prime minister".

The petition was started after Trump signed an executive order on Friday putting an end to the country's Syrian refugees programme and banning people from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Sudan from entering the United States for 90 days.

British Prime Minister Theresa May had communicated the invitation to Trump on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II during her United States visit last week.

Most Britons back Donald Trump's planned state visit to Britain, a poll has found. The order also bars all refugees entering the country for 120 days.

May's enthusiastic embrace of Trump and refusal to condemn his travel ban sparked outrage in the United Kingdom , earning her strong criticism from media personalities and politicians.

Britain's House of Commons will discuss a petition calling on the government to prevent U.S. President Donald Trump from entering the country for a state visit.

The debate, at Westminster Hall, will also take in a rival petition containing more than 100,000 signatures which backs the new USA leader's state visit.

There was widespread confusion about whether the ban applied to dual nationals.

"Let's just see what he would have achieved... would he have been able to protect British citizens from the impact of the executive order? No!"

Now the British government is under huge pressure from opposition parties, individual lawmakers, the public and the media about a proper response to the executive order signed by Trump in his first week in the White House.

"I've already made clear our anxiety about measures that discriminate on grounds of nationality in ways that are divisive and wrong", Johnson said.

She said that "those who wish to fawn over him" should do so elsewhere. Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi, who was born in Baghdad, and the former Labour leader Ed Miliband said they were calling jointly for an emergency debate on Trump's ban on Monday. It did not ban all travellers from Iraq, however.