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Widespread protests over Donald Trump's travel ban

Downing Street has rejected calls to axe the state visit planned for Donald Trump following widespread outrage over his travel ban on people from certain countries.

More than one million people have signed a petition stating Mr Trump should not be given a state visit.

The immigration curbs have sparked chaos across the US as travellers were detained at airports and thousands of protesters gathered to campaign against the policy.

Boris Johnson has claimed President Trump's immigration policy is "divisive... discriminatory and wrong", but dismissed claims the US is "hostile" towards foreigners.

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Johnson: 'Wrong to stigmatise because of nationality'

Boris Johnson says UK citizens's rights will be protected. Credit: PA

Boris Johnson has attacked President Trump's executive order banning refugees and all citizens from seven Muslim majority nations.

The Foreign Secretary said on twitter that the UK "will protect the rights and freedoms of UK nationals (at) home and abroad".

Mr Johnson added that it is "divisive and wrong to stigmatise because of nationality".

Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi, who was born Baghdad in Iraq, said he felt demeaned and discriminated against after being told he would be hit by the ban.

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