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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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More than 100,000 sign petition backing Trump state visit

The counter-petition supporting Donald Trump's state visit says it will underline the values of free speech. Credit: petition.parliament.uk

A rival petition backing Donald Trump's state visit to the UK has triggered a Government response and will be considered by Parliament for debate after receiving more than 100,000 signatures.

The pro-Trump campaign follows a huge rush of support for a petition calling on the Government to prevent the US president from meeting the Queen later this year.

The anti-Trump petition, which began in November, has been supported by more than 1.6 million online amid widespread protests at his new travel ban.

The petition map shows the spread and intensity of support for the petition from light grey up to dark red. Credit: petitionmap.unboxedconsulting.com

The new counter-petition argues Trump should be granted a state visit as "the leader of a free world" and to underline Britain's tolerance of free speech.

The campaign reads: "Donald Trump should be invited to make an official State Visit because he is the leader of a free world and UK is a country that supports free speech and does not believe that people that appose (sic) our point of view should be gagged."

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