The British Home Secretary urges that, as soon as he leaves office, the outgoing president be refused entry to the UK
British Home Secretary Priti Patel said the provocative statements by Donald Trump specifically provoked violence in the U.S. Capitol and summoned him to condemn it.
“His comments have directly led to the violence and so far he has failed to condemn that violence – and that is completely wrong,” she said.
She said that the declaration of the outgoing president saying “we love you” to rioters and repeating his unproven accusations of election fraud did “very little to de-escalate the situation.”
She told BBC Breakfast, “Basically, he made a series of comments yesterday that helped fuel this violence, and he did nothing at all to de-escalate that,”
She called on the president of the United States to condemn the abuse carried out by his supporters who stormed the Capitol.
“That’s not at all an issue.
Somebody was shot, people died, that’s terrible. Tragic beyond words, frankly, and there is no excuse for it,” she told Sky News.
Asked if Trump had stepped too close to the Conservative administration, she said it was time to look at Joe Biden’s presidency.
“The fact is that they are now transitioning to a new president, a president-elect,” she said.
Joe Biden has already been approached by the Prime Minister and has definitely thanked him.
I think we’re going ahead with one of our biggest friends in the world on that basis alone,’ she said on Radio 4’s Today show. “This is not about going back and thinking about personal relationships.”
The truth is that the words of Donald Trump were synonymous with abuse, his comments contributing directly to violence.
And he has refused to denounce the abuse so far, and that’s wrong,’ she said.
After Trump supporters broke through barricades and staged an occupation of the House of American Democracy in Washington DC, Boris Johnson had earlier called for a “peaceful and orderly transfer of power” He called the scenes “disgraceful.”
The leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer, found them “appalling.”
As soon as he leaves office, the Scottish Minister of Justice called on Patel to deny Trump’s entry to the United Kingdom. Humza Yousaf tweeted, “If Trump is trying to come to the United Kingdom after leaving office, the Home Secretary should seriously consider refusing him entry, she has the power if the presence of a candidate is not conducive to the public good.”
“Trump’s standard is to stir up racial tensions, and yesterday he incited a violent mob.”
The president owns two golf courses in Scotland, and the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said Tuesday that Trump’s travel ban would extend to the region, in the midst of rumors that he is preparing an overseas golf trip during the inauguration of Biden.