Trump UK visit under fire over caged immigrant children

23 June, 2018, 18:04 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • But Downing Street has gone no further than insisting similar policies would not be implemented in the UK's'humane system

He added other details of the visit have not been finalised.

"But I don't think it would be acceptable for the US President to visit at the current time".

"Meeting her majesty is the most important thing, because she is head of state", he told Sky News.

While May has praised the United States for backing Britain's tough stance on Russia after the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, relations between her and Trump have not always been smooth.

During his first visit to the United Kingdom since taking on the USA presidency in 2016, it is expected that Trump will face protests over his administration's controversial immigration policies.

At Prime Minister's Questions today, Mrs May said: 'The pictures of children being held in what appear to be cages are deeply disturbing.

Details about the trip, scheduled to take place on Friday, July 13, have yet to be finalized, but Robert Wood Johnson, the US ambassador to Britain, told Sky News that Trump "has to" meet the 92-year-old monarch.


"It's tragic and shocking to see innocent children caged like animals at USA migrant camps and to hear their cries of anguish after being forcibly separated from their parents", he wrote on Twitter, adding: "It's immoral and goes against fundamental human rights we must always respect, no matter the situation". "This is not something that we agree with".

A spokeswoman for the Royal Collection Press Office said there has not yet been a formal announcement about a meeting between Trump and the queen and so declined to comment further.

While plans are still being finalized, Trump's July visit falls on Friday the 13th - a date considered unlucky by some. His upcoming visit in July is expected to draw protests.

"And it is right that we are able to sit down and discuss those with the president".

British Prime Minister Theresa May told members of parliament Wednesday the United States' practice of housing children in cages is extremely troubling and inappropriate.

Footage of children held in cages and crying for their parents has drawn condemnation in the past week.

Mr Trump's tough new immigration policy has seen more than 2,000 children separated from the parents and placed in holding centres as the adults are prosecuted for entering the USA illegally.

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