The Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns (Conservative MP for the Vale of Glamorgan) has said today that President Donald J Trump would be welcome in Wales as part of his forthcoming State Visit .
Meanwhile Penarth’s Labour MP Stephen Doughty has tabled an “early-day” motion in the House of Commons calling on MPs to “deplore” the forthcoming state-visit of US President to the UK and not to allow him to deliver a speech anywhere in the Palace of Westminster.
So-called “early day motions” carry no weight, are never actually debated and Doughty’s motion will have zero-effect on the President’s forthcoming visit.
[PDN Note: President Trump has done what he said he would do in the course of his election campaign and has issued a presidential order imposing a 90-day ban on travel to the USA in respect of 7 (predominantly Muslim) countries which had already been identified by the Obama administration as security risks. He has also imposed a 120-day ban on refugees which prohibits then entering the USA . Asylum-seekers from Syria have been banned “indefinitely”.]
The Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns says that whilst he disagrees with the US immigration ban, he will “of course” welcome President Trump .
Taking the oppose tack – Penarth MP Doughty is quoted as saying “I love America. I love Americans. I have visited 25 of the US 50 states. I respect the office of President of the United States of America but I cannot honour Donald J. Trump – and nor should our Monarch, Parliament or Government.”
Meanwhile Welsh Government First Minister Carwyn Jones has told the Prime Minister Theresa May in Cardiff today that a state visit from Mr Trump will be “difficult in current circumstances” and that the President should not come on a state visit to the UK.
The First Minister was meeting the Prime Minister prior to a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Council of devolved leaders in Cardiff today.
However political insiders say that realistically the First Minister cannot afford to snub the US President because so many Welsh jobs depend on American companies .