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By Katie Frates
British Prime Minister Theresa May is already defending President Donald Trump.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn went after Trump during the Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) Feb. 1. He insisted that Trump has “incited hatred against Muslims” and pushed for May to withdraw the invitation for Trump to visit.
“President Trump has torn up international agreements on refugees, he’s threatened to dump international agreements on climate change, he’s praised the use of torture, he’s incited hatred against Muslims, he’s directly attacked women’s rights,” Corbyn said. “Just what more does President Trump have to do before the prime minister will listen to the 1.8 million people who’ve already called for his state visit invitation to be withdrawn?”
The room became raucous when May pointed out all the things Corbyn wouldn’t have been able to accomplish if he were prime minister.
“Let’s just see what he would have achieved in the last week,” May said. “Would he have been able to protect citizens from the impact of the executive order? No. Would he have been able to lay the foundations of a trade deal? No. Would he have got a 100 percent commitment to NATO? No. That’s what Labour has to offer this country. Less protection for British citizens, less prosperous, less safe. He can lead a protest. I’m leading a country.”
May and Trump met in late January and held a press conference at the White House. She also gave a speech at the GOP retreat in Philadelphia, where she vowed to work with the U.S. to fight Islamic terror.
The petition calling for Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom to be cancelled currently has well over a million signatures; 100,000 signatures are required for a petition to be debated in Parliament.
— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) February 1, 2017
— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) January 30, 2017
PMQs are held every Wednesday and give members of parliament 30 minutes to question the prime minister.
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