Exclusion from Trump State Banquet ‘Odd’
Home Administrator Sajid Javid has said his barring from the state banquet held for US President Donald Trump was “odd”.
Some other ministers, including Atmosphere Secretary Michael Gove and Defense Secretary Penny Mordaunt, joined the event earlier this month.
Mr. Javid has earlier assessed Mr. Trump after he shared tweets from far-right group Britain First in 2017.
Of his barring, Mr. Javid said: “I don’t like this. It is odd.”
Asked if he thought his barring was due to his Muslim background, Mr. Javid said that: I really don’t know.”
He said he told was by Number 10 that “normally offers always don’t go to home secretaries.
In a Twitter clash with Mr. Trump in 2017, he assessed the president for re-tweeting a tweet from the far-right organization Britain First.
He said the president had permitted a “vile hate-filled organization that hates me and people like me”.
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Other representatives including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Commons Speaker John Bercow, Lib Dems Leader Vince Cable and SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford refused an invitation to attend the banquet at Buckingham Palace.
Mr. Corbyn, who late joined the protest against Mr. Trump, debated it would be wrong to “roll out the red carpet” for the US president, whom he blamed of using “racist and misogynist rhetoric”.