The House of Commons will clash over Donald Trump's proposed state visit
Prime Minister Theresa May has stood by the invitation she gave to the US President when she visited the White House last month, just days after he was sworn in.
But more than 1.85 million people have signed an e-petition calling for the visit to be downgraded from a state occasion, to avoid causing the Queen the “embarrassment” of hosting Mr Trump.
Today, as anti-Trump protestors gather outside Parliament, MPs will discuss the petition along with a rival backing the visit signed by more than 310,000 people.
The debate, planned for Westminster Hall, cannot force any change to the plans. Anger at Mr Trump was fuelled when he ordered a temporary halt on all refugees and anyone from seven mainly Muslim nations being allowed into America.
Last night, senior Labour MP Mike Gapes, said: “Barack Obama and George W Bush were presidents for more than two years before they were given state visits.
“Theresa May has grovelled to Donald Trump and given him an invitation in just weeks.”
Mr Trump got a fanatic fan up on stage during a rally in Florida
Labour London Mayor Sadiq Khan told ITV’s Peston On Sunday: “I love America, I love Americans and I believe the special relationship is a good one and one that’s here to stay.
We shouldn’t be rolling out the red carpet
“But when you’re mates with somebody…when they are wrong, you call them out.
“This ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries and ending the refugee programme is cruel and shameful. In those circumstances we shouldn’t be rolling out the red carpet.”
But Conservative MP Sir Nicholas Soames told the programme: “The Prime Minister was absolutely right to do this.
London mayor Sadiq Khan slammed the president for his Muslim travel ban
"I think this is very important and I think President Trump will make a state visit here. It will be very controversial but it’s very important that he does.”
Sir Nicholas also branded as “undignified” a bid by some MPs to unseat Commons Speaker John Bercow for effectively vetoing “sexist…racist” Mr Trump from addressing members at Westminster Hall.
Thousands of Protesters Across Mexico March Against President Trump
Mon, February 13, 2017
Mexicans took to the streets against US President Donald Trump, hitting back at his anti-Mexican rhetoric and vows to make the country pay for his 'big, beautiful' border wall.
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Thousands take part in an anti-Trump march in Mexico City
Meanwhile, at the weekend Mr Trump scared his security detail by getting a supporter on stage with him at a rally in Florida.
The President declared “a star is born” after salesman Gene Huber, 47, voiced his loyalty.
Mr Huber later revealed he had a cardboard image of Mr Trump that he saluted “every single day”.