Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to the U.K.--will it be his last?

Published June 2nd, 2016 - 10:08 GMT
Donald Trump at a presidential debate hosted by FOX Business Network (AFP/Joshua Lott)
Donald Trump at a presidential debate hosted by FOX Business Network (AFP/Joshua Lott)

Donald Trump will visit his Trump Turnberry hotel and golf course in Ayrshire, Scotland on June 24th, BBC and other outlets report. The visit will be a day after the British referendum on whether the country will leave the E.U., widely termed the Brexit.

His call to temporarily ban foreign Muslims from entering the U.S. after the San Bernardino attacks in December 2015 prompted a petition to ban him from entering the country, and the British parliament debated banning him last year as well. With the Republican nominee-to-be gaining in the polls against likely Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, will this visit be his last to the country?

The citizen petition to ban the candidate currently stands at over 586,000 signatures. After reaching the 100,000 signatures needed to force a debate in the British House of Commons, the lower chamber of parliament debated the ban. While many MPs criticized him heavily, the debate ended in no vote on a ban.

However, with Trump gaining in the polls, it begs one to wonder whether British calls to ban him will gain more traction should he actually become president. An average of several major polls by RealClearPolitics has Clinton with 44% of the vote to Trump’s 42.5%. In as recent as April, Clinton held an 11% lead over Trump in some polls.

With Trump’s upcoming visit, there are renewed discussions of the ban in Scottish and British media. Moreover, many have taken to Twitter to again call for the British government to ban him.

Perhaps time is ticking on Trump’s ability to venture across the pond.

--AL


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