What did May know about Trump’s Muslim ban and just what sort of special relationship does Theresa May have with the truth?

As of the 1st of February 2017, Theresa May had not been told by Donald Trump of his plans to impose a ban on Muslims entering the United States of America. If Theresa May is telling the truth today, the 1st February 2017, then the ‘special relationship’ that Theresa May enjoys with the President of the United States (presumably the special relationship that she refers to when Theresa May says Jeremy Corbyn would never have a ‘special relationship’ with the U.S.) does not appear to be all that special.

But, let us take Theresa May at her word about the special relationship and presume she is lying about Trump not telling her in advance. Firstly, has she actually denied that she knew in advance or has she said that Trump had not told her. The wording of her statement is very important. She will not want to be caught in a lie in the House of Commons. Did Trump write to ‘inform’ her? Did one of his staff? May answered the opposition leader’s question of whether she knew in advance by avoiding answering his direct question and, instead, answering questions of her own making:

“If he is asking me whether I had advance notice of the ban on refugees, the answer is no.

“If he is asking me if I had advance notice that the executive order could affect British citizens, the answer is no.

“If he is asking if I had advance notice of the travel restrictions, the answer is we all did — because President Trump said he was going to do this in his election campaign.”

Always key to note that if people choose to answer your question by posing an alternative question and then answering that, they have not answered your question. May answered Corbyn’s question with three questions of her own. So, let’s continue with the presumption that May’s relationship with Trump really is oh so special, as she claims, but she was boxing clever with the truth (what most of us would recognise as lying or being deceitful). May knew before Trump enacted his order to ban Muslims from America and she either 1) agreed with his position or 2) she disagreed and made an attempt to change his course of action that he ignored or 3) she disagreed but made no attempt to change his course of action. We can confidently eliminate option 2). The craven way that May ran to legitimise Trump’s administration in pursuit of a trade deal, where her bargaining chip was the NHS, does not suggest the sort of character of someone who will stand up to a raging bully; likewise May’s attempt to hide behind the Queen’s skirts over the matter of Trump’s unfeasibly imminent state visit.

So, May knew and either agrees or disagrees but is too cowardly to take a stand against it. All evidence seems to point to cowardice. May says she is leading a country, apart from her heightened delusional state, I don’t think I’d want to be led anywhere by someone so hapless and embarrassing. I certainly don’t want Britain to continue be led up the garden path by May.

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