‘Trump’s state visit should be can­celled’

Mayor hits out at pres­i­dent’s pol­icy on refugees

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has said Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s state visit should be can­celled.

The mayor, who is a Mus­lim, said: “I don’t think he should be com­ing on a state visit while the ban is in place. I couldn’t be clearer.”

It comes as a pe­ti­tion to can­cel the new pres­i­dent’s state visit reached more than a mil­lion sig­na­tures.

A gov­ern­ment spokesman has said the visit will still go ahead.

Mr Khan has pre­vi­ously openly crit­i­cised Trump’s pol­icy to ban refugees and cit­i­zens from seven coun­tries, say­ing ‘it flies in the face of the val­ues of free­dom’.

He said: “The USA has a proud his­tory of wel­com­ing and re­set­tling refugees. The pres­i­dent can’t just turn his back on this global cri­sis – all coun­tries need to play their part.

“While ev­ery coun­try has the right to set its own im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies, this new pol­icy flies in the face of the val­ues of free­dom

The pres­i­dent can’t just turn his back on this global cri­sis”

and tol­er­ance that the USA was built upon.”

Although he praised prime min­is­ter Theresa May for say­ing the gov­ern­ment does not agree with the pol­icy, which will af­fect many Bri­tish cit­i­zens who have dual na­tion­al­ity, the mayor does not agree with the visit.

He added: “As a na­tion that, like the USA, val­ues tol­er­ance, di­ver­sity and free­dom, we can­not just shrug our shoul­ders and say ‘it’s not our prob­lem’.”

Calls have also been made for West­min­ster City Coun­cil’s new leader and high rank­ing of­fi­cials to block the pro­posed state visit of Don­ald Trump.

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