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UK defends Trump state visit offer despite protest

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 01:22

The British government stands by its decision to offer U.S. President Donald Trump a state visit, despite concerns by some British lawmakers and protests by several thousands outside Parliament. Nathan Frandino reports.

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UPSOUND: "No Trump, no Brexit, no racist EU exit." Thousands of protesters gathering outside the UK parliament to demand the cancellation of a state visit invitation to U.S. President Donald Trump. Protesters in London say they're disappointed with Prime Minister Theresa May for extending the invite. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SHADOW CHANCELLOR, JOHN MCDONNELL, ADDRESSING PROTESTERS FROM STAGE, SAYING: "There is no way that this honor should be made to someone who has abused women, who has abused members of the Muslim faith, who has abused migrants." May's government has defended the decision, saying it wants to reaffirm their "special relationship" with the United States. It also wants to secure a trade deal as Britain prepares to leave the European Union. UPSOUND: "Extraordinary, completely unprecedented." Inside, parliament debated a petition signed by 1.8 million people to cancel the state visit. Lawmakers aired a wide range of views on Trump. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, ALEX SALMOND, SAYING: "I think it's difficult to know whether to be appalled at the morality of this invitation or just astonished at the stupidity of the invitation." UPSOUND: "Grab 'em by the pussy' Critics focused on accusations of sexism and referred to his immigration policies... though none seem to have swayed May, who has said she will not consider canceling the visit. The British government stands by its decision to offer U.S. President Donald Trump a state visit, despite concerns by some British lawmakers and protests by several thousands outside Parliament.

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UK defends Trump state visit offer despite protest

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 01:22