Speaker John Bercow of Great Britain’s House of Commons said he’d not allow President Trump to address the governing body, per The Hill.
He clarified that while he does not have that power, he strongly encourages Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, to reconsider her invitation.
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“We value our relationship with the U.S.” he said. “If a state visit takes place that is way beyond the pay grade of the Speaker. However, as far as this place is concerned, I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism, and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are important considerations in the House of Commons.”
He went on to say that it was not an “automatic right” but an “earned honor” for a foreign leader to speak to the House of Commons.
Bercow accused the President of “racism” and “sexism.”
His strong statement comes in response to President Trump’s executive order on refugee policy.