Iraqi-born Tory MP hailed May's Foreign Office
Nadhim Zahawi, an Iraqi born MP for Stratford-on-Avon, said many Briton’s will “feel better tonight” after the Foreign Office cleared up confusion on who could be affected.
Mr Zahawi said: "I commend the Gov and the FCO for working through the day and tonight to seek this very important clarification and assurance for British Citizens. Many Brits will feel better tonight.
"I still think a policy to exclude genuine refugees fleeing persecution from countries like Syria is a mistaken policy and runs counter to the values and freedoms of a great country like the United States of America."
On Sunday morning, Mr Zahawi told BBC One’s Andrew Marr show that Trump’s ban took him down a horrifying trip to memory lane when he was discriminated against, as a child, because of his identity.
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He said: “I don't think I have felt discriminated since little school when the kids were very cruel, as a young boy coming from Iraq of Kurdish origin.
"For the first time in my life last night I felt discriminated against, it's demeaning, it's sad."
The 49-year-old said he only realised he would be affected by the ban, when his lawyers told him all citizens from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen would be barred from entering the US.
Although Theresa May has refused to condemn the issue, in the early hours of Sunday morning Downing Street issued statement which said she “does not agree” with it.
Mr Zahawi remained loyal to his leader and said he refused to criticise the Prime Minister over the way she had handled the situation, because she was right to be cautious. But he branded, "anyone who turns the other way" as an appeaser.
Nadhim Zahawi said he felt "discriminated" by Trump's travel ban on BBC's Andrew Marr show
Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, Mr Zahawi called for President Trump to "think again" about the "hugely discriminatory" policy.
At least 200 people including refugees and visa-holders of the blocked countries are currently being detained at airports, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
In London, a demonstration – initiated by journalist Owen Jones – will take place outside Downing Street on Monday evening, in a bid to stop Trump's travel ban.