Trump’s immigration policy divisive and wrong: Boris Johnson

London, Jan 29 (IANS) British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Sunday described US President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban on people from seven Muslim nations as “divisive and wrong”.

Johnson, the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in a tweet, slammed the US President’s decision to “stigmatise” people according to their nationality, and stressed the British government will protect the rights and freedoms of British nationals, many of whom hold double nationalities, EFE news reported.

President Trump provoked an outrage after signing a temporary ban on the entry of refugees and immigrants from seven nations with a Muslim majority: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

“We will protect the rights and freedoms of UK nationals home and abroad. Divisive and wrong to stigmatise because of nationality,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.

Johnson made his remarks after a British government spokesman said that “immigration policy in the United States is a matter for the government of the United States” but that “we do not agree with this kind of approach and it is not one we will be taking”.

Prime Minister Theresa May was also criticised on Saturday for not publicly denouncing Trump’s Muslim ban as she held a press conference in Turkey.