The Shadow Secretary of State for Housing suggested the Prime Minister’s lack of support for Amber Rudd’s warning the US President had handed ISIS jihadists a chance to create further difficulties lacked backbone.
Speaking on Daily Politics, the former trade union and charity campaigner ignored calls by presenter Andrew Neil to “look at the details”.
President Trump sparked worldwide outrage by suspending the arrival of Syrian refugees in America and ending visas for seven Muslim-majority countries.
Mr Healey, the MP for Wentworth and Dearne, said: “You have the Foreign Secretary saying look it wouldn’t be our policy and you have the Prime Minister failing to back the Home Secretary when she’s stating the bleeding obvious that this is going to feed into ISIS ideology.
“The reaction’s been characterised as weak and mealy-mouthed.”
John Healey criticises the Prime Minister's refusal to back the Home Secretary's comments
The reaction’s been characterised as weak and mealy-mouthed
But Neil jumped into question his opinion.
He said: "Right well that’s your view but let’s look at the substance."
Ms Rudd repeatedly branded the United States President’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.
She said: "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."
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is among critics and has written to Mrs May to demand she revoke the invite.
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Speaking during PMQs on Wednesday, Mrs May insisted she was not given prior warning by US President Donald Trump of his ban on refugees, which she branded "divisive and wrong".
Pressed by Mr Corbyn as to why Downing Street had failed to deny she had advance notice of some of the aspects of the travel restrictions on Muslims and refugees, Mrs May said President Trump had campaigned on the issue.
"If he is asking me whether I had advance notice of the ban on refugees, the answer is no. If he is asking me if I had advance notice that the executive order could affect British citizens, the answer is no," she said.
"If he is asking if I had advance notice of the travel restrictions, the answer is we all did, because President Trump said he was going to do this in his election campaign."
The PM was dismissive of Mr Corbyn's call for her cancel the US president's planned state visit after an anti-Trump petition to Parliament was backed by 1.8 million people.
"He can lead a protest, I'm leading a country," Mrs May said.
The Prime Minister attacked Mr Corbyn for having a foreign policy which aimed to "insult" the democratically elected head of Britain's most important ally.
Mrs May defended the Government's record in ensuring that British citizens would not be affected by the travel restrictions.
"On the policy that President Trump has introduced, this Government is clear that that policy is wrong.