Rudd: Trump travel ban could be 'propaganda opportunity' for IS

Donald Trump's travel ban is "divisive" and could be exploited as a "propaganda opportunity" by Islamic State terrorists, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said.

In response, a spokesperson for Number 10 told ITV News: "We have been very clear that we believe this policy is divisive and wrong.

"Daesh will twist any policy from any Government for their own propaganda purposes."

Meanwhile it has been confirmed that MPs will next month debate whether Mr Trump should make a state visit to Britain after a petition calling for the trip to be downgraded gained the support of more than 1.6 million people.

Earlier President Trump fired the acting US Attorney General Sally Yates after she questioned whether his travel ban was "lawful".

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Number 10 responds to Rudd's comments on travel ban

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Downing Street has responded to Home Secretary Amber Rudd's statement that President Donald Trump's travel ban could be a "propaganda opportunity" for Islamic State.

A spokesperson for Number 10 told ITV News: "We have been very clear that we believe this policy is divisive and wrong.

"Daesh will twist any policy from any Government for their own propaganda purposes."


Spicer denies it is a 'travel ban' despite Trump tweet

Donald Trump's press secretary hit out at reporters describing the immigration executive order as a "travel ban" despite the President using the phrase himself.

At a press briefing Sean Spicer said: "It's not a ban... A ban would mean people can't come in, we've clearly seen hundreds of thousands of people coming in to our country from other countries."

But the day before, the President himself had described the measure as a "ban".

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When confronted with the tweet, Spicer said: "I think the words that are being used to describe it derive from what the media is calling this. He has been very clear that it is extreme vetting."

Is May at odds with Home Secretary over Trump?

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Home Secretary Amber Rudd strongly condemned Donald Trump's travel ban calling it "divisive" and "wrong" and that it helped the terror group Islamic State.

But the Prime Minister's response to Trump's executive order, since leaving the White House, has been inconsistent.

At first Theresa May ignored questions on the ban and then offered a neutral response before Downing Street said it "disagreed with the ban".

But at no point did the PM say the ban helped terrorists suggesting that her views may be at odds with those of the Home Secretary.

San Francisco sues Trump over sanctuary city funding

The lawsuit has been brought by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. Credit: AP

San Francisco is the first city to file a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's executive order directing the US government to withhold money from 'sanctuary cities' for undocumented immigrants.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed the lawsuit which alleges that the executive order violates the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution.

"In blatant disregard of the law, President of the United States seeks to coerce local authorities into abandoning what are known as 'Sanctuary City' laws and policies," the lawsuit said.

Iraqi PM: Travel ban is 'offensive' - US should thank us

Iraq Prime Minster Haider al-Abadi. Credit: AP

Iraq's Prime Minister has said the US travel ban is an "offence to Iraq" and President Trump should instead be "grateful" as they are "fighting terrorism".

Haider al-Abadi told a news conference on Tuesday that he hoped the executive order - banning immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries, which includes Iraq - will be overturned.

However he also confirmed the Iraqi government will not take retaliatory measures: "The way the order was issued was not good, and I don't want to cause the same offence to the American people."


Paul Ryan apologises for travel ban 'confusion'

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Credit: PA

Speaker Paul Ryan has apologised for the "confusion" caused by the implementation of President Trump's controversial travel ban, but has defended the purpose of it.

Mr Trump's executive order on immigration last Friday has led to widespread protests and demonstrations.

However Mr Ryan defended the president during a press conference on Tuesday, and said: "The president has a responsibility to the security of this country.

"It's regrettable that there was confusion on the roll-out of this. No one wanted to see people with green cards or special immigrant visas, like translators, get caught up in all of this."

He added: "[Mr Trump is] confident that he is, on a going forward basis, going to make sure that things are done correctly."

Senator to vote against Sessions commends sacked Yates

The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein, questioned Jeff Sessions' independence as potential Attorney General.

Stating she would not vote for President Donald Trump's nominee, she said she could not reconcile the independence required in the job "with the partisanship this nominee has exhibited".

She commended acting US Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired after questioning Trump's travel ban, adding: "That statement took a steel spine to stand up and say no. That is what an attorney general must be willing and able to do."

We're being asked to vote on a nominee that will have to stand up to a president who is clearly willing to ignore the law and even issue orders in violation of the Constitution.

We are being asked to determine whether this nominee's record demonstrates that he will have the objectivity to enforce the law for all Americans and be an independent Attorney General and not an arm of the White House.

– Dianne Feinstein

President Trump ban 'propaganda opportunity' for IS

US President Donald Trump's "divisive" travel ban could provide a "propaganda opportunity" for the so-called Islamic State, according to the Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

She warned the Home Affairs Select Committee: "ISIS and Daesh will use any opportunity they can to.. create the environment they want to radicalise people.

"It is a propaganda opportunity for them, potentially."

She added: "They may use this as an example."

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