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."
The UK Reacts To Trump's Muslim Travel Ban
Mon, January 30, 2017
President Trump signed an executive order banning immigration to the USA from seven muslim countries. This led to protests across America and, now, the UK.
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A woman dress as the Statue of Liberty during a protest in Glasgow against US President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban on refugees and people from seven mainly-Muslim countries
Jeremy Corbyn has written to the PM to demand she withdraw President Trump's invitation
Mr Corbyn, whose top MPs joined protestors outside Downing Street tonight, wrote to the Prime Minister to demand she cancel President Trump's state visit.
He urged Mrs May to "withdraw this invitation and stand up for our country's values, international law and human rights against President Trump's policy".
Mr Corbyn wrote: "The Government's effective endorsement of President Trump and his dangerous and divisive policy platform has already damaged our country's standing and reputation in the world.
"Members of Parliament, from across Parliament, and the public have been shocked and appalled by your inability to stand up for the values of rule of law, human rights and religious liberty.
"Building commercial and diplomatic relationships is important, but these are values which many hold to be fundamental in this country.
"This country's principles are not for sale."
Earlier, Mrs May was branded "Theresa the appeaser" amid outrage among MPs over President Trump's state visit to the UK.