Letter to Prime Minister: Urgently reconsider arrangements for Trump's visit

Letter to Prime Minister: Urgently reconsider arrangements for Trump's visit

I have joined a group of MPs who have urged the Prime Minister to reconsider the arrangements for forthcoming visit of the Donald Trump, President of the United States. I was pleased to add my name to this letter, sent by my colleague Sandy Martin MP. We should value our long relationship with the United States but we should not extend a welcome to a President whose policies have forcibly separated children from their parents at the Mexican border, and have eroded human rights and global efforts to tackle climate change and poverty. The full text of the letter is reproduced here.

 

Dear Prime Minister,

RE: Visit of the President of the United States

We are writing to ask you to reconsider the scope and solemnity associated with the visit of the President of the United States, Mr Donald Trump, this month.

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While the Government has argued, with some justification, that it is necessary for the United Kingdom to retain effective working relationships with the United States of America, and that we should therefore allow a visit of the President of the United States, we do not believe that that should extend to making the person who currently inhabits that office feel personally welcome.

In addition to the horrific scenes of children being forcibly separated from their parents at the United States’ border with Mexico, an inhumane situation which has still only partially been rectified, we have multiple pre-existing reasons not to wish to show personal friendship to Mr Donald Trump.  These include his previous attitudes to BAME American citizens, his treatment of women, his pronouncements about the religion of Islam and about its practitioners, and his personal insults aimed at the Mayor of London.

For all of these reasons, and others, we urge you not to invite Mr Trump to any social events during his visit, nor to allow him to visit Her Majesty the Queen, nor to afford him the opportunity to take part in any joint photo opportunities which might suggest that you and he have a close personal relationship.

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We feel sure that, far from preventing you from raising the UK Government’s profound disquiet at some of the issues mentioned above, this strong display of displeasure will focus the mind of Mr Trump and his government on the damage that his behaviour is doing to the relationship between our two countries.  We also believe that the long-term relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States will be enhanced by a firm attitude taken by our country at this time, rather than by any perception that Her Majesty’s Government is an uncritical friend of the American President whoever the incumbent might be.

Yours faithfully

Debbie Abrahams MP

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP

Ruth Cadbury MP

Ronnie Campbell MP

Bambos Charalambous MP

Julie Cooper MP

Alex Cunningham MP

Emma Dent Coad MP

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Tan Dhesi MP

Dr David Drew MP

Rosie Duffield MP

Paul Farrelly MP

Roger Godsiff MP

Kate Green MP

Louise Haigh MP

Mike Hill MP

Kelvin Hopkins MP

Karen Lee MP

Sandy Martin MP

Ian Mearns MP

Grahame Morris MP

Steve Reed MP

Naz Shah MP

Dennis Skinner MP

Laura Smith MP

Gareth Snell MP

Thelma Walker MP

Dr Alan Whitehead MP

Daniel Zeichner MP

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