Nicola Sturgeon and Sadiq Khan lead calls to ban Trump’s state visit to the UK

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other groups filed a lawsuit challenging the ban

US airports were thrown into turmoil after the newly-inaugurated president signed an executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The order forbids anyone from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days, and widely believed to be a precursor to a broader ban.

Attorneys General from 16 states have also condemned Mr Trump’s travel ban.

London’s first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, reacted to the ban labelling it as “shameful and cruel”.

He released a statement over the executive oder, saying: “This new policy flies in the face of the values of freedom and tolerance that the USA was built upon.”

Mr Khan referenced America’s long history of welcoming migrants, and added that British citizens would also be among those affected.

He added: “As a nation that, like the USA, values tolerance, diversity and freedom, we cannot just shrug our shoulders and say: 'It's not our problem'.”

Scottish First Minister aired her thoughts on the ban as thousands protested outside airports and courts in the US after the order was signed.

Nicola Sturgeon said: “For those asking my view on US State visit: would be wrong for it to go ahead while bans on refugees & citizens of some countries in place.”

The property tycoon has strong links to Scotland, where his mother was born, and where his golf course, Turnberry, is located.

A previous visit by the business mogul to the UK – before he was the Republican candidate – was subject to a debate in parliament last January, when more than half a million people signed a online petition calling for him to be banned.

And now he is in office another petition will be debated in parliament, this time banning the new president from making a state visit to the UK.

Signed by more than half a million people since it was launched on Sunday morning, it says: “Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.”

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The order bans those from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen

Prime minister Theresa May extended the invitation from the Queen to Donald Trump for a state visit later this year, when she became the first world leader to meet the 45th President in Washington earlier this week.

She has come under fierce criticism for her pally attitude towards Mr Trump after they were snapped holding hands, and for failing to challenge him on the Muslim ban, among other policies.

In what appears to be a move to appease those outraged by the ban, Mrs May ordered home secretary Amber Rudd and foreign secretary Boris Johnson to raise the travel ban with their US counterparts.

Mr Johnson took to twitter to air his views on the matter, saying: “We will protect the rights and freedoms of UK nationals home and abroad. Divisive and wrong to stigmatise because of nationality.”

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And his siblings, fellow MP Jo Johnson and journalist Rachel Johnson, backed their brother.

Ms Johnson tweeted: “Excellent however that Foreign Secretary @BorisJohnson has made very clear this country's revulsion at the @realDonaldTrump's Muslim ban,” which was retweeted by the Orpington MP.

A host of UK politicians have expressed their horror at the executive order, dubbed Trump’s Muslim ban, with one MP saying that he and his wife would be banned from entering the US under it.

Conservative Nadhim Zahawi, who represents Stratford-Upon-Avon, was born in Baghdad but moved to the UK aged nine, and since became a British citizen.

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The property tycoon has strong links to Scotland, where his mother was born

But he confirmed that under the new order he and his Iraqi-born wife would be barred from the US, tweeting he felt like a “second class citizen”.

Wes Streeting, MP for Ilford North, launched a scathing attack on the PM, tweeting: “Welcome back. While you were flying, one of your MPs said Trump ban applies to him. Rest of us asked you to find a backbone.”

Tory backbencher Sarah Wollaston called for Mr Trump to be prohibited from delivering a speech inside Westminster Hall.

She tweeted: “Westminster Hall has great significance & should be reserved for leaders who have made an outstanding positive difference in the world.”

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Heidi Allen, Tory MP for South Cambridgeshire, took direct aim at the ‘special relationship’ Mrs May constantly referred to during her US visit.

She posted: “Strong leadership means not being afraid to tell someone powerful when they're wrong. It's an ethos this country is proud of @theresa_may.”

And David Warburton, Conservative MP for Somerton and Frome, also criticised the cosy relationship between the heads of state, writing: “When you do something astonishingly dumb, your closest friends need to tell you. That's what special relationships are for.”

Bromley and Bexley MP, Tory James Cleverly, slammed the new order, posting on twitter: “President Trump's immigration and Syrian refugee ban is indefensible, unworkable and almost certainly unconstitutional.”

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A host of UK politicians have expressed their horror at the executive order

Leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Ruth Davidson, said the ban was “very worrying for the future”.

Not just politicians who have spoken out against Mr Trump, four time Olympic gold medal winner Sir Mo Farah – who was knighted in the New Year’s Honours list – revealed he too would be banned from the US.

A British citizen, he was born in Somalia but has lived in the US for the past six years.

He issued a statement saying: “On 1st January this year, Her Majesty The Queen made me a knight of the Realm.

"On 27th January, President Donald Trump seems to have made me an alien.”

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US airports were thrown into turmoil after the newly-inaugurated president signed an executive order

Confusion reigned at US travel hubs following the implementation of the order, where it was reported hundreds of travellers were being detained or flown back to the country they departed despite holding valid visas.

In a hasty U-turn, Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, appeared to backtrack on certain aspects of the president’s ban, claiming that green card holders would now be allowed into the country.

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The petition has been signed by more than half a million people

And further embarrassment was heaped on the billionaire when a federal judge stayed deportations under the ban, which applies to those who arrived in the US with valid visas but were detained on entry.

Judge Ann Donnelly, of the federal district court in Brooklyn, ordered an emergency stay blocking the deportation of those held in airports across the US.

Back from Copeland to read the news of the US ban on migrants from Muslim countries. Both wrong in itself and very worrying for the future.

— Ruth Davidson (@RuthDavidsonMSP) January 28, 2017

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other groups filed a lawsuit challenging the ban in respect of the detention of two Iraqi men, who both held Us green-cards, but the ruling extended to all those in similar situations.

But Mr Trump has defended the new order, claiming that: “It’s not a Muslim ban.”

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