A leading member of British Parliament delivered an impassioned speech on Monday as he moved to block President Trump from addressing lawmakers in Westminster Hall during his upcoming state visit to the United Kingdom.
British Prime Minister Theresa May had invited Trump to visit the U.K. in the near future during her first meeting with him at the White House last month. The invitation drew immediate backlash from members of Parliament, who have long criticized Trump and grew even more frustrated last week after he issued his executive order suspending immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries.
Commons Speaker John Bercow, one of three leaders who has the power to block Trump from addressing Parliament, said Monday that he is strongly opposed to allowing the president to appear before both chambers.
"Before the imposition of the migrant ban, I would myself have been strongly opposed to an address by Mr. Trump in Westminster Hall," Bercow told members of Parliament.
He added: "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."
During their own state visits to the U.K., Presidents Reagan and Clinton did not address Parliament in the centuries-old Westminster Hall. Rather, they both spoke to lawmakers in the Royal Gallery. However, former President Barack Obama delivered remarks from the historic palace during near the end of his first term in 2011.