The Prime Minister refused to bow to demands to cancel the planned trip, that will see the new US President received by the Queen.
President Donald Trump has triggered massive protests around the world after announcing a 90-day ban on nationals from seven mainly Muslim countries visiting the US.
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America’s refugee settlement programme is also suspended for 120 days, with Syrian asylum seekers barred indefinitely from the US.
The President wants tougher security vetting for future visitors from the named countries, as promised during his election campaign.
His ban covers the nationals of Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen.
The British Government has said it does not agree with the policy and will not be looking to implement it here.
But 99 per cent of Daily Express readers who took part in our telephone poll yesterday backed “extreme vetting” for migrants to Britain.
As demonstrators gathered at Downing Street, protesting at President Trump’s policy, Mrs May stood by the invitation she conveyed to the President which he accepted during their talks in Washington last Friday.
The Prime Minister spoke at a press conference with Irish PM Enda Kenny during her latest trip to Dublin.
She said: “The US is a close ally of the United Kingdom. We work together across many areas of mutual interest and have that special relationship. I have issued that invitation for a state visit for President Trump to the UK and that invitation stands.”
However, she also stressed Britain will not impose a travel ban on people from particular countries.
Mrs May said: “The UK takes a different approach. I was Home Secretary for six years and at no stage did I introduce these sorts of arrangements.
“President Trump has been elected by the people of the US. He’s now moving to put in place what he said he would do. We have a different approach to these matters in the UK.”
But her disagreement will disappoint critics who had hoped her first public statement since the row erupted in earnest would be more forthright.
A petition demanding that Mr Trump should not be honoured with a state visit had gained more than 1.4 million signatures by last night, with protests in cities across the UK.
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