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The backlash continues

Theresa May orders ministers to press U.S. counterparts on Trump order

After initially declining to comment on President Trump's executive order suspending U.S. entry from seven majority-Muslim countries as well as all refugee admissions, conservative British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday asked Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd to contact their American counterparts and push back on the rule. Johnson will speak with the U.S. State Department, and Rudd will reach out to Homeland Security.

May does "not agree with this kind of approach and it is not one we will be taking," said a statement from Downing Street. If the order impacts anyone from the United Kingdom, the statement continued, "then clearly we will make representations to the U.S. government about that." High-profile Britons who could be affected by the ban include Somali-born Olympic distance runner Sir Mo Farah and Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi, who was born in Iraq. Both have dual citizenship.