Saturday, April 27, 2019

Trump withdrawal from arms treaty further stains Tory invite

Condemning the news that US President Donald Trump has announced that the United States will withdraw its signature from the Arms Trade Treaty, Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable MP said:
“As a Cabinet Minister with operational responsibility for regulating the arms trade, I regarded this treaty as one of the real positive achievements of the Coalition Government. It is critically important in regulating the international trade of weapons.
“That Trump has scrapped US participation is yet another retrograde step to add to his dereliction of duty on climate change and his outrageous demands to weaken international action to combat rape in war-torn countries.
“It is a stain on the Conservative Government that they have invited this President for all the pomp and circumstance of a state visit. He is playing a negative role on the international stage – the visit should be cancelled.”


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