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Polls showing travel ban is unpopular are ‘fake news’: Trump

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President Trump has labelled new polls as "fake news". Photo: Getty
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US President Donald Trump has labelled polls that show his executive order and travel ban on seven majority Muslim countries are unpopular with Americans as “fake news”.

“Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting,” Trump tweeted.

A CNN/ORC poll released on Sunday found that 53 per cent of American respondents opposed Mr Trump’s Muslim travel ban.

Last week, a Reuters/Ipsos poll last week found 49 per cent of respondents supported the ban, while 41 per cent opposed.

Thousands of Americans have taken to the streets and major airports to protest the travel ban.

Trump ‘not welcome’ in UK Parliament

Mr Trump’s latest tweetstorm comes as parliamentarians in the UK continue their attack on the new President, with the Speaker of Britain’s House of Commons saying the Republican would not be welcome to address Parliament.

British Prime Minister Theresa May invited Mr Trump to visit the UK later this year, but Speaker John Bercow said he should not be permitted to speak to MPs.

Mr Bercow’s intervention is unusual because speakers are expected to remain above Parliament’s partisan fray.

He is one of three parliamentary figures who must grant an invitation for someone to address MPs at Westminster Hall, according to CNN.

Mr Bercow said that he would have opposed the invitation even before Trump’s temporary ban on citizens of seven majority-Muslim nations from entering the US

“I am even more strongly opposed (now),” he said relating to Trump’s executive order on immigration to the US.

Mr Bercow was cheered by MPs when he said that, although Britain values its relationship with the US, “our opposition to racism and to sexism, and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary, are hugely important considerations.”

Nelson Mandela, Pope Benedict XVI, Aung San Suu Kyi and Barack Obama are among those who have addressed both houses of the UK parliament.

Chaos in the White House

Meanwhile, Mr Trump is reportedly frustrated with the performance of White House aides, who he blames for failing to handle the fall out from his controversial travel ban.

Details of Mr Trump’s exasperation as well as conflict between the President’s various staffers are revealed in a New York Times report.

Trump aide Chris Christie, a former Republican governor, told the Times the president’s staff had let him down.

“The president deserves better than the rollout he got on the immigration executive order,” said Christie, who had a implementation plan he created for the President publicly thrown into a rubbish bin by a fellow aide.

The report also casts more light onto the role of key Trump adviser Stephen Bannon, who reportedly told aides he would have to move quickly to push through their vision of Mr Trump’s economic nationalism.

“We are moving big and we are moving fast,” Mr. Bannon said, when asked about the upheaval of the first two weeks. “We didn’t come here to do small things.”

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