The British government has canceled plans of Donald Trump addressing the joint House of Parliament later this year.
Donald Trump will visit Britain in late summer or early autumn, with officials trying to ensure that the US president’s visit will not coincide with a time when parliament is sitting.
This would mean that Trump will not be invited to address parliament. A source described the plan as “the preferred option at our end”.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has invited the new US president to Britain this year. When foreign leaders visit the UK, they typically address the parliament.
John Bercow, the speaker of the House of Commons, said Monday that he was strongly opposed to allowing Trump to address the parliament, saying this was because of “opposition to racism and sexism”.
Also, over 1.85 people have signed an online petition saying Trump should not be invited to make an official state visit, for fear of causing embarrassment to Queen Elizabeth.
Trump has also sparked controversy after he issued an executive order, banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The countries on Trump’s list include: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.