Residence Secretary Sajid Javid has stated his exclusion from the state banquet held for US President Donald Trump was “odd”.
A number of different ministers, together with Surroundings Secretary Michael Gove and Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt, attended the occasion earlier this month.
Mr Javid has beforehand criticised Mr Trump after he shared tweets from far-right group Britain First in 2017.
Of his exclusion, Mr Javid stated: “I don’t like it. It is odd.”
Talking to BBC Radio 4’s At the moment programme, Mr Javid stated: “My office did ask Number 10 [for a reason] and they said ‘No’.”
Requested if he thought his exclusion was attributable to his Muslim background, Mr Javid stated: “I am not saying that at all. I really don’t know.”
He stated he was advised by Quantity 10 that “normally” invites “don’t always” go to house secretaries.
In a Twitter conflict with Mr Trump in 2017, he criticised the president for re-tweeting a tweet from the far-right organisation Britain First.
He stated the president had endorsed a “vile hate-filled organisation that hates me and people like me”.
Different politicians together with Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn, Commons Speaker John Bercow, Lib Dems Chief Vince Cable and SNP Westminster chief Ian Blackford refused an invite to attend the banquet at Buckingham Palace.
Mr Corbyn, who later joined the protest in opposition to Mr Trump, argued it might be flawed to “roll out the red carpet” for the US president, whom he accused of utilizing “racist and misogynist rhetoric”.