Sajid Javid says it was “odd” that he was blocked from attending the recent state banquet with Trump.
The Home Secretary, who is from a Muslim background, was the only senior cabinet minister not to receive an invite.
Javid says he asked Downing Street why he had been blocked and was told that Home Secretaries aren’t usually invited.
Muslim groups have accused the UK government of pandering to racism by failing to invite Javid.
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LONDON — Sajid Javid says he was blocked by Number 10 from attending the recent state banquet with Donald Trump, despite all other senior members of Theresa May’s Cabinet being invited.
The Home Secretary, who is from a Muslim background, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that he thought it was “odd” that he hadn’t been invited despite more junior members of the Cabinet.
“I don’t like it for the reason you have just said,” Javid told the programme.
“It is odd. My office did ask Number 10 [the prime minister’s office] and they said no, so you would have to ask somebody from Number 10 why they made that decision.”
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