Mr Gorka dismissed the petition, believing Trump's state visit will still go ahead
Sebastian Gorka, the British-born Deputy Assistant to the President, said he had no concerns that Trump’s planned visit to Britain would still go-ahead despite a petition calling for the State Visit to be banned receiving more 1.7 million signatures in just a few days.
Asked whether he expected the visit to go ahead in a Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis, Mr Gorka responded: “The visit of Theresa May went superbly, and as a result I expect everything to go along swimmingly.
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He went on to criticise the petition, claiming he doesn’t expect it to have an impact on Trump’s planned visit.
Mr Gorka added: “If we keep government policies hostage to petitions, then everybody would say ‘I don’t want to pay any taxes’ and there’d be a petition for zero taxes.
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If we keep government policies hostage to petitions, then everybody would say ‘I don’t want to pay any taxes’ and there’d be a petition for zero taxes
“That's not how a representative democracy functions, or a republic.”
MPs are to debate whether President Trump should make a state visit to Britain after a petition calling for the trip to be downgraded was signed by more than 1.7 million people.
The Commons debate takes place on February 20 and will also consider a rival petition in support of Trump’s state visit, which has almost 200,000 signatures.
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Mr Gorka defended Trump's state visit, claiming it was up to the Governmnet to decide
The Petitions Committee made the announcement amid widespread outrage at Mr Trump's temporary immigration ban on nationals from seven mainly Muslim countries.
The petition, started by Graham Guest, claims Trump’s visit “would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen”.
Theresa May's US visit went 'superbly', according to Mr Gorka
It continues: “Donald Trump's well documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by Her Majesty the Queen or the Prince of Wales.
“Therefore during the term of his presidency Donald Trump should not be invited to the United Kingdom for an official State Visit.”
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