Inviting Trump to UK was the right decision, says Welwyn Hatfield MP
PUBLISHED: 10:28 23 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:28 23 February 2017
MP Grant Shapps told the Welwyn Hatfield Times this morning that he is in favour of the controversial US President Donald Trump visiting the UK.
Mr Shapps said: “My view is that whether we agree with his policies or not he is the US President and as such we have vital interests to discuss – not least a free trade agreement between our countries.”
MPs from across the country had a debate on Monday following a petition calling for the official invitation to be retracted.
More than 1.8 million people signed the petition, but also more than 300,000 people joined a different petition calling for the state visit to go ahead.
As both had more than 100,000 signatures they were debated in Parliament.
Mr Shapps added: “Of course everyone has a right to protest, but where on earth were these protesters when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited?
“He wasn’t democratically elected by anyone and the communists commit human rights violations that should outrage the Trump protesters, but strangely did not.
“I don’t approve of some of Trump’s policies at all and I wouldn’t have personally voted for him if I were an American citizen, but we have to face reality that he is the democratically elected president of the United States of America and by working alongside him we will be able to better shape and influence US policy.
“The Prime Minister has already done this by persuading Trump to back NATO after he had initially cast doubt on its worth.
“Everyone is entitled to protest and I agree with much of their concern. But if Trump shouldn’t visit the UK, then where are these voices when so many other world leaders who are far less democratic visit?”