UK politicians call for Trump’s visit to UK to be cancelled following anti-Muslim videos
Thursday - 30/11/2017 13:33
LONDON’S Muslim mayor has fired up at Donald Trump again, saying the President is would “not be welcomed” to the country.
UK POLITICIANS have called for President Trump’s state visit to be cancelled after he retweeted a fringe political movement and attacked Prime Minister Theresa May online.
On Thursday UK Prime Minister Theresa May said: “I’m very clear that retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do.” However she maintained the invitation for a state visit remained open.
It echoes comments she made via a spokesman on Wednesday when she said Trump’s decision to retweet three videos posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, was “wrong”.
That remark provoked a backlash from the US leader who took aim at the US’ closest ally on Twitter saying: “Don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!”
.@Theresa_May, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!
“President Trump 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. It beggars belief that the President of our closest ally doesn’t see that his support of this extremist group actively undermines the values of tolerance and diversity that make Britain so great.
“The Prime Minster of our country should be using any influence she and her government claim to have with the President and his administration to delete these tweets and to apologise to the British people.”
President Trump has used Twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists solely to sow division and hatred in our country. It's increasingly clear that any official visit from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed. pic.twitter.com/oZ1Kt0JCfY
Conservative politician Sajid Javid also said he would “refuse to let it go”.
“So POTUS has endorsed the views of a vile, hate-filled racist organisation that hates me and people like me. He is wrong and I refuse to let it go and say nothing,” he tweeted.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd reiterated that Trump was “wrong” to share the tweets, but said it shouldn’t cloud the “bigger picture” between the US and UK.
“This government will not tolerate any groups who spread hate by demonising those of other faiths or ethnicities,” she said.
“It’s interesting to note [Mr Bone’s] advice regarding Twitter accounts — I’m sure many of us might share his view.”
At least one of the videos Trump tweeted has been proven to be fake news, however the President has refused to clarify his comments. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended Trump’s comments despite the video being proven fake, saying: “the threats are real — no matter how you look at it.”
Theresa May’s spokesman said she is fully focused on tackling extremism.
“The overwhelming majority of Muslims in this country are law-abiding people who abhore extremism in all its forms. The prime minister has been clear ... that where Islamist extremism does exist it should be tackled head on. We are working hard to do that both at home and internationally and ... with our US partners,” the spokesman said.
The UK and the US have a “special relationship” trumpeted by both sides as the bedrock of global stability and Theresa May was the first leader to invite Trump to visit following his election.
However the controversial decision to offer a state visit sparked huge debate in the UK and has been pushed back to an unknown date amid fears of large-scale protests.