The Commons Speaker was lambasted by his House of Lords equivalent who revealed Mr Bercow had said sorry for not warning him before yesterday’s rant.
Mr Bercow vented he would “strongly oppose” an address from the US President when he comes to the UK on a state visit later this year.
He said he was against the Republican coming to Westminster Hall, accusing the Mr Trump of “racism and sexism”.
Lord Fowler said John Bercow had apologised for not contacting him about his Donald Trump remarks
He was genuinely sorry for failing to contact me
Although Mr Bercow won the applause of some MPs, the House of Lords Speaker, who also has a say on whether the President can visit Parliament, hit back at the remarks.
Lord Fowler said he had an “open mind” about accepting a request from Donald Trump to speak “if and when it’s made”.
As the Speaker is seen as an impartial and apolitical position, Lord Fowler argued it was “not my role” to argue for or against the idea.
John Bercow said he would
Unhappy he had not been consulted by Mr Bercow before the controversial remarks were made, Lord Fowler said: “[John Bercow] contacted me this morning, he told me that while he maintained his view on the issue, he was genuinely sorry for failing to contact me.
“My view is that I maintain an open mind and consider any request from Mr Trump to address Parliament if and when it is made.
“I do not intend to argue the case for or against Mr Trump’s visit – that is not my role as Speaker.”
Lord Fowler, who is Speaker in the Lords, will also get a say on the matter
Although making it clear he would take an impartial look at the decision – Lord Fowler reminded fellow Lords of his work advocating the awareness of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s.
“I have spent the last 30 years campaigning against prejudice and discrimination,” he added in a subtle dig at the President’s temporary travel ban on seven mainly Muslim countries.
The House of Commons Speaker faced a furious backlash from Conservative politicians since Monday’s outburst.
Some have called on Mr Bercow to step down from the post after he rebuked the idea of a visit from President Trump.
Tory MP, Alec Shelbrooke, claimed on Tuesday that Mr Bercow’s position was “untenable” because he is “not acting independently”.
“The very fact that we are having this conversation today, on a political issue brought about by the Speaker, shows that he is no longer able to independently chair and have support and respect across the whole of the House of Commons,” he said.
Meanwhile, Crispin Blunt who chairs the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee, said Mr Bercow “should keep himself above that”, insisting he was now going to have to deal with “the consequences”.