British newspaper urges government to deny a 'stomach-churning' state visit with Trump and the Queen: 'He is not welcome here'

British newspaper urges government to deny a 'stomach-churning' state visit with Trump and the Queen: 'He is not welcome here'
President Donald Trump meets Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle (Image via Screengrab).

British newspaper The Observer on Sunday published an editorial urging the British government to deny a state visit with Donald Trump following last week’s release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

The editorial called June’s scheduled state visit between Trump and Queen Elizabeth II of England “stomach-churning” in light of Mueller’s “damning report.”

“Trump is unfit to hold the office of president of the United States,” the editorial board wrote. “By his words and actions over two wretched, destructive years in power, he has proved beyond doubt he is no friend of Britain.”

The Observer argued Trump’s national and international actions on a range of issues — including climate change and the humanitarian crisis in Yemen — have destroyed the “special relationship” between the United States and Great Britain.

“If Americans are content to allow a habitual liar who has presided over systemic illegality, numerous ill-concealed attempts to obstruct justice and a foul-mouthed culture of venality and vendettas to continue to lead their country, that is a matter for them,” the op-ed added. “But the British people cannot be expected to collude or condone such misbehaviour.”

The paper also urged Congress to “move the process to a conclusion,” echoing the refrain from some that Mueller “effectively laid out a road map” to indicting the president.

“ It amounts to the biggest crisis in US governance since Watergate,” the op-ed surmized. “At stake is Americans’ trust in their democracy and the effectiveness of their vaunted constitutional doctrines. Also in the balance is America’s standing in the world. Until the door shuts on Trumpgate – and the sooner the better – Trump will remain an international liability. He is not welcome here.”

Read the full piece at the Guardian.

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