Theresa May at a joint press conference with Irish PM Enda Kenny
Theresa May, speaking at a joint press conference with her Irish counterpart Enda Kenny in Dublin, dismissed a petition signed by 1.4million Britons and large demonstrations across the UK demanding the cancellation of President Trump's proposed visit to the UK.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has also written to the Prime Minister to demand she revoke the invitation to President Trump, who has sparked worldwide outrage after imposing a travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.
Refusing to back down on an invitation she issued to President Trump on her visit to the White House last night, Mrs May said: "The US is a close ally of the UK. We work together across many areas of mutual interest and we have that special relationship between us.
"I have informally issued that invitation for a state visit for President Trump to the UK and that invitation stands."
Mrs May came under fire over the weekend for initally refusing to condemn President Trump's executive order suspending the granting of visas to Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen.
Her ministers have since spoken out against the "divisive and wrong" policy and offering her view on President Trump's action, the Prime Minister said: "In relation to the policies that have been announced by the US, the UK takes a different approach.
"I was Home Secretary for six years and at no stage did I introduce those sorts of arrangements.
"Obviously, President Trump has been elected by the people of the US… he is now moving to put into place what he had said that he would do but we have a different approach to these matters in the UK."
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