Tory management candidate Sajid Javid has mentioned has mentioned he “doesn’t know why” he was not invited to Donald Trump’s state banquet at Buckingham Palace.
The House Secretary mentioned he nonetheless has not obtained a correct clarification over his exclusion from the lavish dinner held throughout the US president’s state go to to the UK.
Mr Javid, 49, was the one senior Cupboard minister to be snubbed from the visitor listing, which featured the likes of overseas secretary Jeremy Hunt and setting secretary Michael Gove.
“I don’t know. I have asked. I was just told that normally home secretaries aren’t invited. So I don’t know,” he informed BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Thursday.
He went on to confess: “I don’t like it. It is odd. My office did ask No 10 and they said ‘no’. You’d have to ask someone from No 10 why they made that decision.”
Mr Javid has beforehand condemned Mr Trump for sharing Islamphobic tweets from the right-wing extremist group Britain First in 2017.
The Tory management hopeful tweeted that the president was endorsing the views of “a vile, hate-filled racist organisation that hates me and people like me”.
Requested my BBC presenter Mishal Husaiin if he thought his Muslim background was the trigger of the exclusion, Mr Javid replied: “I am not saying that at all. I really don’t know.”
Mr Javid did meet and communicate briefly with the president throughout the D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth on the ultimate day of his go to.
Through the course of his keep, Mr Trump renewed his long-running feud with London Mayor Sadiq Khan – who additionally comes from a Muslim background – branding him a “stone cold loser”.