**Amber Rudd: Trump travel ban could help IS
Donald Trump’s US travel ban on people from seven mainly Muslim countries could become a “propaganda opportunity” for so-called Islamic State, the UK’s home secretary has warned.
Amber Rudd called the president’s move “divisive” and “wrong”.
Meanwhile, MPs are to hold a debate on the government’s offer of a full UK state visit for Mr Trump.
This comes after a petition calling for the invitation to be revoked gained more than 1.7 million signatures.
A rival petition, arguing that Mr Trump’s trip should go ahead, has attracted more than 150,000 supporters.
The president’s temporary ban on nationals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen entering the US has prompted strong criticism from many UK politicians.
Appearing before the Home Affairs Committee, Ms Rudd said the order did not equate to a “Muslim ban”, but she added that Islamic State would “use any opportunity they can to make difficulties, to create the environment they want to radicalise people, to bring them over to their side. So it is a propaganda opportunity for them, potentially.”
She said: “I think the important thing is for this government to state that we disagree with the ban and we have said that it is divisive, it is wrong. I will continue to say that.”
Demonstrations against Mr Trump took place in cities around the UK on Monday and Ms Rudd said she had made clear to US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly the “difficulties and the response that was taking place in London and across the country”.