Theresa May accused of not condemning Donald Trump's Muslim ban when confronted about it during PMQs


Theresa May has been accused of not condemning President-elect Donald Trump's plans to impose a ban on Muslims entering the United States, when she was asked about it during Prime Minister's Questions.

The Scottish National Party's Tommy Sheppard probed May on what action she would take should Trump - who called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" - stay true to his word and implement the discriminatory law.

"Many people in this country visit the United States every year to study, on business or simply to enjoy one of the greatest countries on earth," the MP for Edinburgh East said.

"Can I ask what action she will take if the new president-elect carries through on his campaign promise to discriminate against our citizens on the basis of their religion?

"And will she give a commitment that the special relationship she believes her Government has with the US Presidency will be conducted on the basis of respect for the dignity of all our citizens, irrespective of their race or religion?"

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Many people praised Sheppard for asking a question much of the nation were thinking, yet were less than impressed with May's response.

The Prime Minister signalled that the "special relationship" between the US and the UK was one of her top priorities, but failed to address Trump's controversial claims of banning Muslims, simply stating it was the president-elect's prerogative to pass any laws regarding his country's borders.

"I'm happy to say, the special relationship we have with the United States is very important to both the United States and the United Kingdom. We will be continuing to build on that special relationship - that was very clear from the conversation I had with President-elect Trump - but we of course want to ensure the dignity of our citizens," May said.

"It's up to the United States what rules they put into place in terms of entry across their borders but we will be ensuring that that special relationship continues, and continues in both the interest of the UK and the US."

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Earlier this year Donald Trump accused British Muslims of "absolutely not reporting" suspected terrorists, and claimed parts of London were "so radicalised" police were "afraid for their own lives".

Despite facing a major backlash over his rhetoric, Trump had denied he was racist and said: "I have great respect for Muslims, I have many friends that are Muslims. I am just saying there is something with a radicalised portion that is very, very bad and very dangerous."