Donald Trump today called a Westminster debate on whether to ban him from Britain an ‘absurd waste of time’ and said MPs she be trying to solve the UK’s real problems.
The defiant billionaire also blasted the petition signed by 570,000 people demanding he is barred from the UK, saying it does not ‘represent the views of the vast majority of British people’.
MPs have called on Home Secretary Theresa May to use powers to ban him from Britain and will debate the issue this afternoon.
But Mr Trump said in a statement: ‘It is absurd that valuable parliamentary time is being wasted debating a matter raised as part of the American Presidential election.
Fighting back: Donald Trump today said the decision by MPs to debate whether he should be banned from Britain was ‘absurd’
‘For the UK to consider banning someone who made a statement in America, about American boarders during a US election campaign is ridiculous.
‘Westminster is creating a dangerous precedent on this issue and is sending a terrible message to the world.
‘The individuals who instigated this ban have a self-serving personal agenda and do not represent the views or interests of the vast majority of British people’
The American Republican presidential hopeful again threatened to pull £700million of funding out of two of his Scottish golf courses, when his cash has ‘never been more needed’.
Speaking on his behalf Sarah Malone, executive vice president of Trump International Golf Links in Scotland, said: ‘Any attempt at a ban of this kind would force Mr Trump to abandon his plans for a further £700 million investment. With the collapse of the oil price, the investment in Aberdeen has never been more important and Mr Trump is likely to spend more than he initially planned when the economy recovers.’
A Muslim MP has today promised to ‘tear to shreds’ Donald Trump in a Westminster debate on whether to ban the billionaire from Britain.
More than 570,000 people signed a petition demanding the tycoon is barred from the UK after he said British police ‘fear for their lives’ in Muslim communities because they are ‘so radicalised’.
Tulip Siddiq, 33, told the Daily Telegraph: ‘The Home Office has previous in banning hate preachers engaging in rhetoric similar to that of Trump. To argue there is no precedent for banning him does not stand up to decisions taken by this Home Secretary, or indeed previous Labour home secretaries. The real question is ‘Why should we make an exception for billionaire politicians?’ We should not.
‘Those that argue his words are a joke or do not amount to inciting violence, need to take a closer look at the increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in America since his comments’.
Anger: Muslim MP Tulip Siddiq, left, says she will ‘tear to shreds’ Donald Trump when MPs discuss banning hiom from the UK today
Outrage: More than 570,000 people have signed the petition calling for Mr Trump to be banned from the UK, the most ever recorded on the government website
WILL TRUMP JOIN LOVE COACH, FRENCH COMIC AND FAR-RIGHT MP BANNED FROM THE UK?
Pick-up coach Julien Blanc
November 2014: ‘Pick up coach’ Julien Blanc joined a short list of people banned from the UK in recent years. He runs a company that claims to teach men to seduce women and make them ‘beg’ for sex but was stopped from flying in to the UK for a ‘bootcamp’.
Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala
February 2014: French celebrity Dieudonne M’bala M’bala was banned last year. The ‘comedian’, with convictions for inciting racial hatred, was at the centre of a Premier League anti-Semitism row. He said he would come to London to support then West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka, who did a ‘quenelle’ salute. But the Home Office decided he was not allowed into the country, adding him to Britain’s banned list.
American blogger Pamela Geller
2013: Conservative American bloggers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer were banned. They are the founders of the anti-Muslim group Stop Islamization of America and they run the website Jihad Watch. Both were planning on speaking at an English Defence League march in Woolwich, where Lee Rigby was murdered.
Far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders
2009: Far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders was turned back at Heathrow as he tried to defy a ban on entering Britain. He was barred from the UK because he was likely to incite hatred and his visit a threat to ‘community harmony and therefore public security’. He was seized by border guards after his aircraft touched down, and questioned for more than an hour before flying back to the Netherlands.
American ‘shock jock’ radio presenter Michael Savage
2009: Controversial American ‘shock jock’ radio presenter Michael Savage was barred from entering the UK. Savage said: ‘You know, when I see a woman walking around with a burqa, I see a Nazi.’ He has called the Koran ‘a book of hate’ and added that some Muslims, at least, ‘need deportation’. The Right-wing radio presenter’s hardline views on Islam, rape and autism have also caused outrage in the US.
The Republican frontrunner was branded ‘obnoxious, repellent and dangerous’ after claims over radicalisation in Britain in December.
He also called for a ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States’ after the San Bernardino shooting in California carried out by married extremists.
His words sparked an online petition to ban the US presidential, which became the most popular in British history and has given MPs the chance to debate it today.
But the tycoon remains defiant, accusing Britons of ‘trying hard to disguise their massive Muslim problem’ and said his critics are just ‘pandering to political correctness’.
In a series of outbursts, the billionaire tycoon also said ‘UK politicians should be thanking me’ and has threatened to withdraw £700million of investment in Scotland if he is banned from Britain.
Former SNP leader Alex Salmond said last night: ‘He wants to ban all Muslims from the United States. I want to ban all Donald Trumps from Scotland’.
SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh said today she supported the ban even if Trump became president.
Mrs Ahmed-Sheikh said: ‘If Donald Trump becomes President of the United States and seeks to enter the United Kingdom and doesn’t withdraw his remarks about Muslims, absolutely my representations to Theresa May will not change.’
‘Because he’s made remarks against Muslims and inciting hatred, violence. Absolutely.’
Speaking about banning Trump, she told Good Morning Britain: ‘Donald Trump would seek to ban people like me for doing absolutely nothing wrong whatsoever and indeed my family’.
MPs will debate calls to ban US presidential hopeful Donald Trump from Britain from 4.30pm and three hours have been allocated in Westminster Hall for the debate, which will be led by Labour’s Paul Flynn.
The MP for Newport West said he intends to pay a ‘heartfelt tribute’ to the US as the ‘home of democracy’ and will seek to represent the ‘anger of petitioners’ over Mr Trump’s views on Mexicans, Muslims, global warming and guns.
But Mr Flynn, writing ahead of the debate on his website, added: ‘I will question whether a ban would be possible or perhaps counter-productive in bestowing victimhood on Mr Trump that could advantage him in the opinion of Americans.
‘I will urge that we treat him with courtesy inviting him here to show us where the UK ‘no-go’ areas are for police, introducing him to centres of racial harmony in Wales and England, discussing our 24 deaths from gunshots per year compared with 160 this year (2016) in the US.
‘A visit to the site of recent unprecedented areas of flooding in England might be useful and educational for Mr Trump, the global warming denier.’
Prime Minister David Cameron has also previously spoken against a ban while Cabinet minister Chris Grayling warned giving Mr Trump the ‘oxygen of publicity’ helps rather than hinders him.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is also not in favour of a ban, adding he wanted to take Mr Trump to a mosque.
The Islington North MP told BBC One’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday: ‘I think Donald Trump has some weird and frankly off-the-wall views.
‘I was asked about this some while ago and I decided to invite Donald Trump on his visit to Britain to come with me to my constituency because he has problems with Mexicans and he has problems with Muslims.
Anger: British politicians have called for the Republican to be banned from Britain over his comments and his idea to ban Muslims entering America
Message: Mr Trump turned on his critics and said that they were not being dishonest and says ‘everyone is wise to what is happening’
‘As you know, my wife is Mexican and my constituency is very, very multi-cultural so what I was going to do was go down to the mosque with him and let him talk to people there.’
Mr Corbyn added: ‘I don’t think you should ban people coming to Britain on that basis. I think he should come here, have a lesson in going to all our cities.’
The Society of Black Lawyers (SBL) has submitted a formal request to the Home Secretary to ban Mr Trump from entering the UK on the grounds of his ‘unacceptable behaviours’.
It believes that officials should use the Immigration Act 1971 to claim that Mr Trump’s presence is ‘not being conducive to the public good’ and to stop him from coming to the UK.
They say Mr Trump’s presence and views are unwanted and may threaten race relations.
A SBL spokesman said: ‘Refusal of entry would inform Mr Trump that the UK does not subscribe to the racist stereotyping of people of colour and generalisation of people based on their religious views, nor do we assume a particular religion parallels terrorism.’