13:52 GMT22 January 2021
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    The move is yet another episode in the prolonged row that British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing at home over her decision to invite the US president.

    This Tuesday, the councilors at the Royal Borough of Greenwich voted in favor of not inviting US President Donald Trump for the state visit, urging the Conservative government to reverse its decision.

    The Labor-run council also declared that "should a state visit go ahead, President Trump would not be welcome in the Borough," which is home to the iconic Royal Observatory that is crossed by the Meridian line, setting the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

    READ MORE: Unwanted Guests: Trump to Add to UK's History of Awkward State Visitors

    The council cited "the President's bigoted attitude towards women and ethnic minorities" as the chief reason behind the ban. 

    In the press release, the leader of the council, Denise Hyland, stated that the local authority works "hand in hand with residents from all communities to ensure this borough is a peaceful and welcoming place that celebrates difference and diversity, but in the case of President Trump we are willing to make an exception."

    "As one of the most multi-cultural London boroughs, we are a place that has worked tirelessly to break down barriers."

    "We have no time for people who want to build walls, when we have done so much to break them down," she said.

    Donald Trump's state visit to the UK has been an issue of much controversy, owing to the US president's stance on illegal migration and allegations of sexual harassment leveled against him.

    READ MORE: ‘Not Earned That Honor’: Trump Parliament Speech Vetoed by Top UK Lawmaker

    Last month, the situation took yet another turn, when Trump retweeted anti-Muslim posts made by the far right party Britain First.

    The president's controversial decision compelled British Prime Minister Theresa May, who has previously abstained from criticizing the UK's principal ally, to issue a carefully worded condemnation, stating, "Retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do."

    However, Trump hit back, telling May to "focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom."

    Despite the new dents in the US-UK "special relationships" and the mounting public opposition to the US president's official visit, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd recently confirmed that "the invitation has been extended and accepted and we have yet to make the arrangements."

    Twitter users, however, celebrated the local government's decision.


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