Donald Trump has handed ISIS a 'propaganda opportunity' with his travel ban
At the weekend, President Trump sparked worldwide outrage by suspending the arrival of Syrian refugees in America and ending visas for seven Muslim-majority countries.
Ms Rudd repeatedly branded President Trump’s executive order “divisive and wrong” as she was grilled over the UK Government’s response by the House of Commons’ Home Affairs Select Committee this afternoon.
Committee chair and Labour MP Yvette Cooper asked whether Ms Rudd shared concerns the US ban would play into the hands of extremists groups, with ISIS jihadists – otherwise known as ISIL or Daesh – having already hailed the action as a recruiting tool.
Ms Rudd replied: “ISIL and Daesh will use any opportunity they can to make difficulties, to create the environment they want to radicalise people to bring them over to their side.
“It is a propaganda opportunity for them potentially. At the moment what we will do is continue to monitor what is said, continue to take down the sort of literature and postings we see on the internet that try to encourage that sort of extremism.
“They may use this as an example and we will continue to monitor it and take down the sites where we can.”
It is a propaganda opportunity for them
Home Secretary Amber Rudd
Ms Rudd also suggested the Government sees little effectiveness to President Trump’s ban in tackling terrorism, adding: “I would observe the difficulties to the UK over terrorism are not caused by people largely coming from the sort of countries the US has named but from people becoming radicalised here.
“So I would urge our efforts to continue to be on addressing radicalisation here in the UK.”
But the Home Secretary did not agree the travel crackdown is “effectively a Muslim ban”.
She said: “No it is not a Muslim ban, but people draw their own conclusions about the countries that are picked off.”
Ms Rudd added: “The important thing is for this Government to state that we disagree with the ban. And that we have said it is divisive, it is wrong.
“This will never be our policy. We have a completely different approach to refugees.”
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Ms Rudd admitted she had not yet raised concerns about President Trump’s ban with the US administration other than its possible impact on the travel of British citizens.
Ms Cooper told Ms Rudd it was “baffling” the Government had yet to do so.