Amman – British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday said U.S. President Donald Trump was wrong to re-tweet a video from a far-right British group which she said was “hateful” and spreads division.
Trump sparked outrage in Britain with a sharp rebuke of May on Twitter after she criticised him for re-tweeting anti-Islam videos from the deputy leader of Britain First.
“The fact that we work together does not mean that we’re afraid to say when we think the United States has got it wrong, and be very clear with them.
“And I’m very clear that re-tweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do,’’ May told newsmen in Amman.
Earlier, Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, accused Trump of betraying the “special relationship” between Britain and the U.S. by re-tweeting anti-Muslim videos posted by the far-right group Britain First.
Khan joined a growing number of British politicians calling for a planned visit by Trump to be cancelled.
Opposition Liberal Democrat party leader, Vince Cable, said his party is backing an online petition for Prime Minister, Theresa May, to rescind an invitation for Trump to visit Britain.
Several members of parliament from May’s Conservative party, including some ministers from her cabinet, also strongly criticised Trump.
Conservative lawmaker, Nicholas Soames, the grandson of wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill, said Trump “has finally proved beyond any shadow of doubt that he is wholly unsuited to hold the great office he so demeans.”
Khan said Trump had “used Twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists solely to sow division and hatred in our country.”
“Many Brits, who love America and Americans will see this as a betrayal of the special relationship between our two countries,” he said.
Trump reacted with defiance late Wednesday after May said he was “wrong” to re-tweet the videos.
“Theresa, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the UK.
“We are doing just fine!’’ Trump tweeted. (Reuters/NAN)