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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Trump fires back at Britain’s May after she tells him it was 'wrong' to re-tweet anti-Muslim videos

The US President told Mrs May to “focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism” taking place in the UK

US President Donald Trump has told Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May to focus on the threat from "the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism" in the UK. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
US President Donald Trump has told Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May to focus on the threat from "the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism" in the UK. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

US President Donald Trump has hit back at Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May after she said it was “wrong” for him to have retweeted an anti-Muslim video shared by a far-right group on his personal account.

Mr Trump retweeted three unverified videos posted by Britain First’s deputy leader Jayda Fransen, titled “Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!", "Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!" and “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!”

Taking to Twitter later on Wednesday, the president tweeted Mrs May directly, telling her: “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!”

Mr Trump originally tagged the wrong Theresa May in the tweet. He later edited the tweet to include the correct Theresa May.

The British Prime Minister had condemned Mr Trump for reposting the offensive videos, the source of which has not been authenticated.

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Mrs May’s spokesperson said: “Britain First seeks to divide communities through their use of hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions.

“They cause anxiety to law-abiding people. British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudiced rhetoric of the far-right, which is the antithesis of the values that this country represents – decency, tolerance and respect.

“It is wrong for the President to have done this.”

Mrs May has come under increasing pressure to cancel Mr Trump’s state visit to the UK early in 2018.

Labour politician Chuka Umunna told Sky News: “I don't think the president of the United States, a president who has not only promoted bigotry, misogyny and racism in his own country, I don't think he is welcome here.”

Mr Trump’s actions have called into question the “special relationship” that the UK and the US are historically said to enjoy.