While Donald Trump might have the approval of enough people to be a 2016 presidential contender, he also has the ire from America’s allies due to his controversial rhetoric. The British Parliament will be voting on January 18th for whether Trump will be blocked from entering the United Kingdom, and his organization is threatening to end all future business there if the decision is yes.
Trump Organization’s executive vice president, George Sorial, sent a statement to Fox News, saying that the mogul will withdraw his investments from his British properties if the government punishes him for voicing his opinions. The statement read that any action taken against Trump would cause his conglomerate to “immediately end these and all future investments we are currently contemplating in the United Kingdom:”
“Westminster would create a dangerous precedent and send a terrible message to the world that the United Kingdom opposes free speech and has no interest in attracting inward investment. This would also alienate the many millions of United States citizens who wholeheartedly support Mr. Trump and have made him the forerunner by far in the 2016 presidential election.”
The debate comes as a reaction to an online petition, stating that with Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric and behavior (particularly with regard to Muslims), he fits the government’s qualifications to ban him from the nation. The petition gained enough signatures to require Parliamentary discussion, and at around 565,000 names, it is one of the country’s most signed ever.
While Trump has touted that “I think that I’d be very close with Britain,” his words have been condemned by David Cameron‘s administration, with the Prime Minister saying he was “divisive, stupid and wrong,” and other British officials expressing similar thoughts.
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