US President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered the Justice Department to write new regulations that would "ban all devices" like bump stocks used in the 2017 Las Vegas concert massacre. The announcement came after a former student shot and killed 17 people in a high school in Florida on Wednesday. Read more: After Las Vegas shooting, NRA calls for legal review of bump stocks Trump's announcement: Trump said at a White House ceremony honoring US public safety officers: "Just a few moments ago, I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns." "We must move past cliches and tired debates and focus on evidence-based solutions and security measures that actually work," he said, adding the regulations would be drawn up "very soon." A Justice Department spokesman later said: "We look forward to the results of that process as soon as it is duly completed." Deadly mass shootings … [Read more...] about Donald Trump orders ban on Las Vegas-style bump stock gun modifications
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Theresa May has issued a late-night statement saying she “does not agree” with Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the US, after coming under intense political pressure to condemn the order. The prime minister released her comments through a spokesman shortly after midnight, saying the UK would “make representations” if British citizens were affected by the 90-day ban on travel to the US for those from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen. “Immigration policy in the United States is a matter for the government of the United States, just the same as immigration policy for this country should be set by our government,” the spokesman said. “But we do not agree with this kind of approach and it is not one we will be taking. The statement is unlikely to be strong enough to satisfy many of the MPs expressing outrage about Trump’s move, which quickly caused chaos at airports. … [Read more...] about Theresa May ‘does not agree’ with Donald Trump’s immigration ban
Theresa May has made an impassioned defence of her decision to seek close links with Donald Trump, telling prime minister’s questions that while Labour wanted to “lead a protest” against the US president, she was protecting British interests. The prime minister gave her strongest condemnation yet of Trump’s temporary ban on people from seven predominantly Muslim countries entering the US, calling it “divisive and wrong”. But questioned repeatedly by Jeremy Corbyn about her slowness and caution in condemning the policy, May insisted Trump’s planned state visit to the UK should go ahead. At times May was openly taunted by the Labour leader, who referred to a letter she had sent him by saying: “I hold in my hand her piece of paper”, a reference to Neville Chamberlain’s disastrous 1938 appeasement of Hitler. But May defended her trip to see Trump last week. “The right honourable gentleman’s foreign policy is to object … [Read more...] about May defends decision to seek close ties with Donald Trump
Tulip Siddiq: ‘Future generations will judge us’ I believe that the decision to extend a state visit to Donald Trump is premature, undeserved, and out of keeping with British values. State visits should be earned rather than offered as par for the course. Even though it may seem like an eternity, Trump has been in the role of president for barely a month. In that time, he seems to have done little else but champion economic protectionism, label the media enemies of the people, and try (and fail) to ban millions of Muslims from his country. I am more than supportive of the special relationship, but offering a snap visit risks it appearing like a one-sided, fawning, even subservient arrangement. In the past, prime ministers have waited before rolling out the red carpet for US presidents. John F Kennedy, Richard Nixon and George Bush Sr never even received the honour. Barack Obama waited two and a half years for a royal invite and George W Bush nearly three years. I fail to … [Read more...] about Should Donald Trump be afforded a state visit to Britain?
British MPs lined up on Monday to pour scorn on a “racist and sexist” Donald Trump, who they said should not be allowed to come to Britain for a state visit because of the risk it would embarrass the Queen. The US president was compared to a “petulant child” and had his intelligence questioned by MPs during a three-hour debate triggered after more than 1.8 million people signed a petition urging Theresa May to cancel her invitation. So many politicians packed into Westminster Hall for the debate that they had to have their speeches limited to five minutes each. Alex Salmond said he was unsure over whether to be appalled by the morality of the invitation or astonished by its stupidity. “As an example of fawning subservience, the prime minister holding hands [with Trump] would be difficult to match,” the former Scottish first minister said. “To do it in the name of shared values was stomach churning. What exactly are the shared values that this … [Read more...] about MPs pour scorn on ‘racist and sexist’ Donald Trump in state visit debate