A large number of people are voicing their opposition both to the proposed State visit by President Trump as well as to himself and I understand many of these concerns.
I agree with the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary who have made it clear that the recent changes to US immigration policy are not measures that the British Government would consider. It is a highly controversial and divisive policy and it is wrong to stigmatise people on the basis of their nationality.
However, the United States is the United Kingdom’s most enduring ally and remains an important partner not least within NATO. Indeed, as we exit the EU the US becomes more important to us than ever.
President Trump is the democratically elected Head of State of his country and it is in that capacity that he is being invited to the United Kingdom.