Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who was the target of a petition drive to ban him from Britain, said Friday he has been invited to visit 10 Downing St., home of Prime Minister David Cameron.
“But they have asked me to visit 10 Downing Street — and I might do it,” Trump said in an interview with MSNBC.
“I will do just fine with David Cameron. I think he’s a nice guy. I will do just fine,” Trump said Friday after saying he had been invited two days earlier.
Downing Street officials said that there has been no formal, official invitation, but noted it is the practice of the Prime Minster to meet with the presidential candidates of each major American political party and that an official invitation would most likely come after Trump is officially the Republican Party’s nominee.
Mitt Romney, the GOP’s 2012 nominee, received a similar invitation.
In December, Cameron harshly attacked Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslims.
“I think his remarks are divisive, stupid and wrong and I think if he came to visit our country I think it’d unite us all against him,” he said then.
In January, in the wake of Trump’s proposal, Parliament debated whether Trump should be banned from Britain after more than 600,000 people signed petitions to have Parliament take up the questions.
“People often say that the public are apathetic about politics,” said member Tulip Siddiq. “This online petition signed by nearly 600,000 people shows that when people feel a sense of justice, when people feel that we need to stop a poisonous, corrosive man (from) entering our country, they will act in good conscience. His words are poisonous. They risk inflaming tension between vulnerable communities.”
However lawmaker, Philip Davies supported Trump.
“In the race to become the next president, he’s been gaining support with a political manner that can be described as blunt directness,” Davies said. “He is definitely straight-talking, and as a Yorkshireman I certainly applaud him for that, too. In fact, I think in this country we could do with rather less political correctness and much more straight-talking across the board, and I think many of our constituents would agree.”