Theresa May calls United States child migrant policy "deeply disturbing" and "wrong"

Leroy Wright
June 23, 2018

"The pictures of children being held in what appear to be cages are deeply disturbing", May told MPs during Prime Minister's Questions.

May added, however, that despite the policy she would still welcome Trump for his visit to the United Kingdom next month.

May, the leader of the U.K.'s Conservative Party, has occasionally criticized Trump and his policies, even as she's worked to maintain her country's steadfast alliance with the United States.

"Separating children from their parents in this way is beyond awful.

Putting his foot on the ground of British soil, it's job one - very, very important, very symbolic", Robert Wood Johnson said when asked whether Trump's visit would involve seeing the queen.

"Donald Trump is a big, angry baby with a fragile ego", founder Leo Murray said in a statement explaining the planned protest.

A date for Trump's trip, July 13, was finally fixed in April. May said she will have a chance to discuss a range of issues with him during his visit.

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The issue of caged children, however, continued with further questions during the session.

Trump told Republican lawmakers Tuesday he backed their efforts to craft an immigration solution that ends the politically toxic practice of separating families on the US-Mexico border.

While May has praised the United States for backing Britain's tough stance on Russia after the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, relations between her and Trump have not always been smooth.

For weeks the US President refused to reverse his administration's "zero tolerance" enforcement policy, which has led to the separation of more than 2,300 children from their parents at the border.

Footage of children held in cages and crying for their parents has drawn condemnation in the past week.

A petition past year calling on the government to cancel the invitation was signed by over 1.85 million people, citing Trump's "well-documented misogyny and vulgarity".

President Trump campaigned on a platform to cut off the flow of immigrants entering the USA through Mexico and repeatedly characterised those coming through as potential rapists and criminals.

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