One time economic advisor to the government of Kenya and a British Member of Parliament Sir Vince Cable has politely declined an invitation to the State Dinner with Donald Trump.
In his humble refusal letter, the leader of the Liberal Democrats outlined reasons as to why he does not want to attend the dinner with The President the United States blasting the two sides for a number of reasons.
The US President is set to visit the UK from June 3-5, for an official State Visit, following his working visit last year.
And his trip is expected to include a lavish state banquet hosted by the Queen in the US President’s honour.
But the Liberal Democratic leader rejected his invitation to the bash with a letter to Buckingham Palace staff.
He wrote: “I have taken the view that as a party leader I should not support state visits where the government of the day has issued invitations inappropriately.
“I did not accept an invitation to attend a State Banquet with the King of Saudi Arabia for that reason. I hope and trust Her Majesty The Queen will understand that I decline this invitation out of no disrespect to her. I am of course hugely honoured to have been invited.”
After sending the letter, Sir Vince added: “The Conservative Government has prevailed on the Palace to host President Trump, and they are dutifully doing so. But we should not be beguiled by pomp and circumstance into hobnobbing with a man who is on record as a misogynist and a racist.
“If we need to do business with the United States on an intergovernmental basis, we can do that without rolling out the red carpet in this way.
“The fact this state visit is occurring at all is a shameful stain on the Government, who doubtless see it as a distraction from the mess they are making of running the country.”
Vince worked for the government of Kenya after the colonial period immediately Kenya got her independence between 1966 and 1968 as an economic adviser.