Hundreds of Anti-Trump Protesters Gather as MPs Clash over State Visit

Hundreds of Anti-Trump Protesters Gather as MPs Clash over State Visit

Hundreds of Anti-Trump Protesters Gather as MPs Clash over State Visit

UK Members of Parliament clashed Monday in a heated debate over President Trump's state visit as left-wing MPs called for the invitation to be withdrawn - while some Conservative Party MPs accused their opponents of hypocrisy and insulting the American people. "All I'm saying is most of us would be rather embarrassed if everything we ever said in private in our past (was broadcast)".

Labour Party MP Paul Flynn opened the discussion by pointing out that only two other U.S. presidents - George W. Bush and Barack Obama - have been invited for state visits since the 1950s.

"We didn't [do] this for Kennedy, we didn't do the for Truman, we didn't do this for Reagan", David Lammy said.

"I knew that these arguments would be hard to make, but the fact is that 61 million American people voted for Mr Trump and support him, like it or not".

A state visit is a formal event normally made by her majesty, The Queen, and is given to the heads of states.

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The debate in Parliament on Trump's proposed visit began when Speaker John Bercow voiced his opposition to the idea of Trump addressing Parliament, a break from the historic neutrality of Bercow's position.

But in defense of Trump's State Visit, Conservative Party lawmaker Nigel Evans noted that the American political and entertainment elite "sneered" at the notion of Trump becoming president, but 61 million Americans - "the forgotten people" - felt otherwise and put Trump in office.

"There is no doubt in my mind that it is in our national self-interest to accord respect and honour to our closest and greatest ally".

David Lammy, a member of the Labour Party said that inviting Trump after so little time in power would be abandoning United Kingdom principles. "It has stood by us, shoulder to shoulder, in our hour of need, as we did in their hour of need, particularly during 9/11".

The matter will even be debated in the Commons today, and thousands are expected to gather again, outside Parliament, to show their displeasure.

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Their objections stem from possible "embarrassment" to Elizabeth, over Trump's comments about women and over his attempt to ban citizens of certain Muslim countries from entering the U.S.

He is not the first US president to be accorded a full state visit to Britain, traditionally including a horse-drawn-carriage ride with the queen and a formal banquet at Buckingham Palace. "Let's hear a bit of parity", he said.

Sir Alan said that while state visits - where the guest is hosted by the Queen and afforded the pomp and ceremony attached - are "rare and prestigious" occasions, they are also Britain's "most important diplomatic tool".

It has been suggested that the visit could take place during Parliament's summer recess to avoid the possibility of MPs refusing to allow Trump to address them.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: (L-R) U.S. President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America, in Regent's Park, on May 25, 2011 in London, England.

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