The “Earned Honor” Trump Was Denied While Visiting the UK and Royal Family
President Trump – currently on the last leg of his UK visit consisting mostly of pomp and circumstance – will end his stay with the Royal Family June 5. While visiting, Trump has dined with Queen Elizabeth and other Royal Family members alike. While many have donned their strongest suits (and fakest smiles) – Meghan Markle has chosen to sit out of the week’s affairs.
Trump, the third president to make a state visit to Britain, follows in the footsteps of former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Thus, his visit alone is considered quite an honor. Though granted an invitation, his visit has been met with much less praise and much more criticism (when compared to his presidential predecessors).
From widespread protests to the erection of a statue featuring Trump on a golden toilet, it’s clear that the current US president is not welcomed in the UK. From his divisive political beliefs to his deemed ignorant personal values, the public is not the only party enraged at the UK and the Royal Family’s current state of affairs with Trump.
Trump has even been denied a specific privilege that many thought, based on previous visits, he would be awarded. So, the question is, what has Trump, or better yet, who has Trump been denied access to?
Trump has not been invited to address Parliament
According to USA Today, Donald Trump has not been invited to address Parliament – a privilege formerly granted to President Barack Obama. John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, and the man who gets to make the call, formerly addressed the matter. He stated:
“Before the imposition of the (Muslim travel ban) I would myself have been strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall…After the imposition of the migrant ban by President Trump, I am even more strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall.”USA Today
John Bercow goes on to explain that addressing parliament is an “earned honor,” one that is his eyes, and the eyes of the public, Trump does not deserve. Bercow explained that, since the ban, nothing has happened that would have changed his mind.
So, while the Royal Family will host President Trump, John Bercow will not allow the man anywhere near his parliament. Ten points for Bercow? However, despite the backlash surrounding Trump’s visit, there’s likely a reason the Royal family has opened its doors to the current U.S. President.
Why is Trump visiting the UK?
While Trump’s visit seems mostly about ceremonial affairs, according to USA Today, the reason for his stay extends to the political sphere. USA Today reported:
“Political scientists say it’s about reaffirming the so-called special relationship between two of the world’s closest allies, who have deep cultural, economic, and political ties, but who haven’t always seen eye-to-eye since Trump came to power vowing to pursue a more unilateralist foreign policy.”
USA Today goes on to explain that, between differences in opinion regarding China, NATO, the Muslim travel ban, and more, the meeting was a necessity. So, while many are angered, it’s likely that there is a political motive at play here, making his visit a little less enraging.