Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Trump not welcome to address U.K. Parliament

The United Kingdom's Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has voiced strong opposition to President Trump speaking before Parliament.    On her recent U.S. visit, Prime Minister Theresa May invited him to visit;  but no date has been set.

Bercow said:  “I would not wish to issue an invitation to President Trump to speak. . . .  An address by a foreign leader to both houses of Parliament is not an automatic right.  It is an earned honor. . . .  I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons.”   His speech was loudly applauded by other members of Parliament.

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