Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

British PM May Denounces Child Migrants in Cages as 'Deeply Disturbing'

British PM May Denounces Child Migrants in Cages as 'Deeply Disturbing'

The Prime Minister told him: "I clearly and wholly, unequivocally said that that was wrong".

Speaking to Kay Burley of Sky News, the USA ambassador to the United Kingdom confirmed the meeting.

President Trump campaigned on a platform to cut off the flow of immigrants entering the United States through Mexico and repeatedly characterised those coming through as potential rapists and criminals.

Donald Trump is still welcome to visit Britain next month, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday, despite widespread revulsion at what she called "deeply disturbing" images of children being held in "what appear to be cages" along America's border with Mexico.

"Meeting Her Majesty is the most important thing because she's the head of state, and from then on, it'll be what the president wants to do", Johnson said.

A date for Trump's trip, July 13, was finally fixed in April.

While May has praised the United States for backing Britain's tough stance on Russia after the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, relations between her and Trump have not always been smooth.

The Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy refers all undocumented adults for criminal prosecution, a break with past administrations who limited criminal referral for most adults who illegally cross into the US with their juvenile family members. "This is not something that we agree with".

Mr Trump has previously said his mother, who was born in Scotland, was a "big fan" of the Queen, The Sunday Times reported.

Asked today whether the President would meet the Queen, US Ambassador Woody Johnson said: "He has to see the head of state".

Mr Trump is facing pressure from both sides of the political divide in Washington to end a "zero-tolerance" approach to illegal border crossings which requires adult migrants to be held in custody for prosecution, separated from their children.

The prime minister went on to verify that Trump would still be coming as planned and that she would be discussing "shared interests" with the president.

Mr Johnson did not give details of when and where the meeting would take place.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment. His upcoming visit in July is expected to draw protests.

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