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Council to vote on declaring Donald Trump 'unwelcome' in St. Paul


St. Paul's City Council will this week discuss declaring Donald Trump "unwelcome" in Minnesota's capital following his comments on Muslims.

WCCO reports the council will on Wednesday vote on a resolution condemning his call to call a temporary halt on all Muslim immigration to the United States following recent high-profile terrorist attacks.

As the TV station points out, the council has no control over who can and cannot enter city limits, but it would be a symbolic statement in response to the GOP candidate's remarks.

"The City of St. Paul has a rich history of accepting immigrants and refugees," the resolution states, according to KARE 11. "Anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant speech from presidential candidate Donald Trump conflicts with the values of the City of St. Paul."

The Pioneer Press reports the resolution concludes: "Mr. Trump's racist bigotry is not accepted ... Further resolved, Mr. Trump is not welcomed in the city of St. Paul."

The proposal was put forward by Ward 1 Council Member Dai Thao, who told the newspaper he thinks it will pass.

Trump's comments earlier this week sparked worldwide condemnation, with his fellow Republican presidential nominees among those criticizing him. CNN reports House Speaker Paul Ryan said: "This is not conservatism. Some of our best and biggest allies in the fight against terrorism are Muslims."

In the United Kingdom, a petition to ban Trump from entering the country has gained more than 450,000 signatures, Wired reports, making it the largest petition ever submitted to the Government.

The controversy started when a press release from the Trump campaign was released on Tuesday, saying: "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

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