Speaker John Bercow from the British House of Commons has spoken out in opposition to President Donald Trump addressing Parliament.
“I would not wish to issue an invitation to President Trump to speak in the Royal Gallery,” Bercow said during a session of Parliament, citing the body’s “opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary.”
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Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump to visit the UK while meeting with him in Washington earlier last month, which had attracted much controversy. A petition, with over 1.8 million signatures was sent to Parliament requesting this invitation be revoked. Thousands protested in the streets of London opposing the invitation.
Only a few past presidents have had the honor of speaking before Parliament: President Ronald Reagan, President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama.