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Campaigners demonstrate outside the United States Embassy in London, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, holding placards and wearing Trump face masks as they protest ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S President. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

A petition to ban Trump from visiting the UK got 500,000 signatures in hours


A petition filed early Sunday aiming to block President Trump from making an official visit to the United Kingdom got more than 500,000 signatures within hours. 

Any petition with more than 100,000 signatures must be considered before Parliament, The Independent reports.

The petition would let Trump enter the U.K., but cannot make an official state visit "because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen."

Trump's well-documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by Her Majesty the Queen...
The petition

Prime Minister Theresa May, who visited the U.S. last week, issued a statement late Saturday night saying she "does not agree" with Trump's immigration ban that has drawn widespread protest and criticism. She did not condemn the order during her visit and fell under intense political pressure, The Guardian reports.

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FILE - In this Thursday, July 21, 2016 file photo, British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn walks with supporters as he arrives for a press conference to launch his bid to retain the leadership of the party in London. Britain's High Court on Thurday, July 28 has struck down an attempt to remove the lead of the country’s divided Labour opposition from a contest for the party leadership. Labour lawmakers are trying to unseat leader Jeremy Corbyn, a 67-year-old left-winger considered unelectable by the party's more centrist members. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)

Trump is currently set to visit the Queen later this year. Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's Labour Party, called for the state visit to be put on hold until the immigration ban was lifted.

The immigration order has been widely criticized worldwide.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the ban, saying even the war on terror "doesn't justify putting people of a particular origin or particular faith under general suspicion," according to German news agency dpa. 

French Prime Minister Francois Hollande was similarly critical, saying, "The kind of discourse now coming from the United States encourages populism and even extremism."  Turkey, which has welcomed 3 million refugees, said it would "happily welcome global talent not allowed back" in the U.S., USA Today reports.

 The Netherlands' far-right prime minister candidate Geert Wilders praised the move.

Other foreign leaders that praised the move:

  • Czech President Milos Zeman, via a spokesman: "Trump protects his country, he's concerned with the safety of his citizens. Exactly what EU elites do not do."
  • Marine Le Pen, French prime minister candidate, said Trump was simply following through on campaign promises, which "bothers the media."
  • Matteo Salvini, leader of anti-immigration party in Italy: "What Trump's doing on the other side of the ocean, I'd like it done also here."
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