Donald Trump’s refusal to rule out a nuclear attack on Europe, should he become President of the United States, has gone largely unnoticed by the UK Home Office.
Republican presidential candidate frontrunner Trump courted further controversy during an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in which asked whether he would consider dropping a nuke on Europe or the Middle East.
Though he stated “I don’t think so” when asked about whether he would launch such an attack on Europe, when pressed to issue a clear statement on the subject, Trump changed tact.
“I am not taking cards of the table. I’m not going not use nukes. But I’m not taking any cards of the table,” he said.
Trump previously garnered the ire of people in the UK after making a series of inflammatory comments concerning Muslims. The result was a UK Government and Parliament Petition calling for Trump to be blocked from entering the UK.
Having collected close to 600,000 signatures, the Home Office released an official statement outlining its stance on Trump:
“The Home Secretary has said that coming to the UK is a privilege and not a right and she will continue to use the powers available to prevent from entering the UK those who seek to harm our society and who do not share our basic values.
“Exclusion powers are very serious and are not used lightly. The Home Secretary will use these powers when justified and based on all available evidence.
“|The Prime Minister has made clear that he completely disagrees with Donald Trump’s remarks. The Home Secretary has said that Donald Trump’s remarks in relation to Muslims are divisive, unhelpful and wrong.
The Government recognises the strength of feeling against the remarks and will continue to speak out against comments which have the potential to divide our communities, regardless of who makes them. We reject any attempts to create division and marginalisation amongst those we endeavour to protect.”
In the wake of his latest outburst, a Home Office official revealed that the government’s stance towards Trump remains in-line with the statement outlined above.
However, a fresh storm could be brewing with Trump aunder fire for comments in the same interview that seemed to suggest he felt women who have abortions should face “some form of punishment.”
Trump has since disavowed the controversial remarks, but that has done little to appease those calling for Trump to exit the race for the White House.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.