Donald Trump state visit plan ‘difficult’ for Queen Elizabeth II

Theresa May’s decision to invite Donald Trump to a state visit has put the Queen in a “very difficult position”, a former head of the British Foreign Office says.

 

Queen Elizabeth II visited Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England on Friday.

A petition, signed by almost 1.5 million people, says a state visit by Donald Trump would cause embarrassment to the Queen. Photo: AFP

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US checking people’s political views on social media before entry at borders: Report

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Google creates $4 million crisis fund to help people hit by US visa ban

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has created a $4 million crisis fund to help four organisations working to help people hit by US President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Highlight StoryThe fund has a corpus of $2 million that can be matched with up to $2 million in donations from employees, totalling $4 million, USA Today reported.(AFP File Photo)

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European leaders don’t like Trump’s travel ban but the far right do

A lot been going on lately and i don’t know what’s right or wrong anymore, is Potus doing the right thing or not?

The leaders of Britain and Germany joined other American allies Sunday in criticising President Donald Trump’s US entry ban for people from some Muslim-majority countries, even as far-right politicians on the continent celebrated the move.

 

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Protesters hold signs in opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump's ban on immigration and travel outside Terminal 4 at JFK airport in Queens, New York City.(Reuters)
British Prime Minister Theresa May does “not agree” with Trump’s order and will challenge the US government if it has an adverse effect on British nationals, a spokesman said. The official comment came after May refused to condemn the ban during a visit to Turkey to meet with Turkish leaders. She said in Turkey that the decision was a matter solely for the US.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also regrets the travel ban.

“She is convinced that even the necessary, resolute fight against terrorism doesn’t justify putting people of a particular origin or particular faith under general suspicion,” Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

Merkel raised the issue during a phone call with Trump on Saturday, citing the 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention that calls on signatories to take in people fleeing war, Seibert said.

“The German government will now examine what consequences the US government’s measures have for German citizens with dual citizenship and, if necessary, represent their interests toward our American partners,” he said.

An initial joint US-German statement following the call made no mention of the topic of refugees or travel bans.

Among the first leaders to voice criticism was French President Francois Hollande, who said Saturday that “when (Trump) rejects the arrival of refugees, while Europe has done its duty, we should respond to him.”

Meanwhile, nationalist and far-right groups in Europe applauded the US travel restrictions.

The Dutch anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders said in a tweet:

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These Democrats aren’t attending Trump’s inauguration

Multiple House Democrats to skip inauguration
Multiple House Democrats to skip inauguration

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  • Here’s a list of Democrats who have publicly said they won’t be at the ceremony Friday
  • Some representatives will be protesting in DC and in their districts instead

A growing number of Democratic lawmakers are boycotting President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, particularly after revelations of Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election and his rebuke of civil rights icon John Lewis on Saturday.

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