UK PM calls U.S. images of migrant children 'deeply disturbing'

Arturo Kim
June 23, 2018

This will be President Trump's first visit to the United Kingdom since being elected in 2016.

"Putting his foot on British soil, it's job one".

But the PM stressed that the UK-US special relationship meant that she could fully air disagreements, which Britain had with American policy, with the President.

Mrs May stated it was not the "British way" to treat migrants in the manner now being witnessed on the USA border, but she refused to cancel Mr Trump's planned visit to the United Kingdom next month. "This is wrong. This is not something that we agree with".

"Meeting Her Majesty is the most important thing because she's the head of state, and from then on, it'll be what the president wants to do", Johnson said.

She was responding to questions from SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, who said her answer was "disappointing" and "we should all be unreservedly condemning the actions of Donald Trump".

"It's tragic and shocking to see innocent children caged like animals at USA migrant camps and to hear their cries of anguish after being forcibly separated from their parents", he wrote on Twitter, adding: "It's immoral and goes against fundamental human rights we must always respect, no matter the situation".

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Ms May described images of children in cages as "deeply disturbing".

A spokeswoman for the Royal Collection Press Office said there has not yet been a formal announcement about a meeting between Trump and the queen and so declined to comment further.

Later, asked if he was happy for the President's July 13 visit to Britain to go ahead, the Highland MP replied: "On the basis of where we are now, it is right the Trump visit is called off".

"It's right and proper for us to be active citizens and to march and to lobby and to protest", said Mr Khan, who has previously traded barbs with Mr Trump on social media.

The president's visit has most recently been described as a "working visit" after being downgraded from a state visit by Prime Minister Theresa May past year.

Children are being kept in cages after being taken from their parents.

In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero tolerance" approach towards migrants and refugees who cross the U.S. southern border without documents, promising to prosecute those who did so.

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