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'Trump should read his bible before enacting discriminatory policies' says Christian Aid

The charity's comments come just days after the US president signed an executive order suspending all refugees arriving from seven mainly Muslim countries, including Syria, for 120 days.

Christian Aid joins voices speaking out against favouring specific religious minorities, saying that to do so would contradict the teachings of Christ.

Donald Trump has said the policy is to protect Americans from terrorism and that the ban is temporary while the US introduces stricter visa checks.

Tom Viita, Head of Advocacy at Christian Aid, said: "President Trump is now effectively ripping up the principle that every person, irrespective of their faith or nationality, has the right to seek protection and sanctuary.

"I think that all politicians should be turning to their bible or whatever their source of faith is before they're making such alarmist and extraordinary claims. I would say also he should really be reading his factual briefings, because he seems to have disconnected from the reality of refugees' lives around the world.

"If Donald Trump is going to put any credibility behind his claim to be a Christian... he needs to both change his policies but more importantly demonstrate in action and in words that he takes his faith seriously as a world leader."

Listen to Premier's Alex Williams speaking to Tom Viita:

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