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While Theresa dithers, Trump attacks – fuelling ‘Britain First’ row between UK and US

“Just a reminder of the liklihood of a robust response from our Foreign Secretary to the incontinent tantrum of the President of the United States,” according to cartoonist Martin Rowson.

Weakling UK prime minister Theresa May has still not responded to US President Donald Trump’s decision to retweet hate messages by far-right organisation Britain First.

So Mr Trump has attacked comments by a Downing Street spokesperson who said simply that it was “wrong” to have retweeted the misleading, extremist messages.

The message from Downing Street was: “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.”

Here’s Mr Trump’s response:

This is a clear endorsement of the hate message put forward in the Britain First tweets.

Mr Trump is urging Mrs May to consider all Muslims in the UK to be potential terrorists and to launch a racist policy against them.

This is utterly unacceptable from a foreign leader. He is trying to divide members of the UK community from the rest of us and accusing them of conspiring against the majority in a way that simply isn’t true, except in a tiny minority of cases. He knows next to nothing about the situation – clearly, as he is getting his information from far-right propaganda-peddlers.

And he is trying hard to make it worse. One has to question his motives, attempting to destabilise the UK at a time when this country’s domestic political situation is already highly-charged.

But still Theresa May remains silent, leaving it to her Downing Street spokespeople – and the public – to comment.

Note that the tweet above is also a retweet – originally Mr Trump sent the message to the wrong Theresa May (from which we may draw our own conclusions about his state of mind):

Mrs May’s deputies, in Parliament, have done their best to cover for her, with Home Secretary Amber Rudd trying to answer an Urgent Question in the Commons – answering the kind of criticism no US president has ever received from Parliament in the past:

Ms Rudd said the Government will not tolerate any groups that spread hate by demonising other faiths or ethnicities – but refused to condemn the US President, saying the UK-US relationship is “vital” and MPs needed to focus on the “bigger picture”.

She would not accept calls to cancel the invitation for Mr Trump to make a state visit to the UK.

But – shockingly – she could not answer a simple question: Whether the UK government had asked for Mr Trump to take the offending tweets down.

As part of the debate, Labour MP Khalid Mahmood made a very useful point, asking the Home Secretary if a Muslim would still be welcome in Britain if they had shared similarly inflammatory material to that posted by the US President.

Depressingly, Mr Trump’s retweets have revived the fortunes of Britain First, the far-right group that originally posted the messages. Deputy leader Jayda Fransen has been interviewed on both the BBC and Channel 4, providing a huge and harmful public platform for the minority organisation’s extremist views.

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Meanwhile the condemnation continues to rack up. Here’s London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who was criticised by Mr Trump over his response to terror attacks in the UK’s capital city:

Trump’s support for Britain First sparks passionate reaction – with notable exceptions (THERESA MAY)

Theresa May has been desperate to build a close relationship with US President Donald Trump. His decision to show support for a UK-based hate group has put her in an extremely difficult position. She doesn’t want to comment – so we must demand it.

Donald Trump’s retweeting of hate messages by the far-right organisation Britain First has triggered a strong response from all sides of the UK’s political spectrum. But minority prime minister Theresa May has yet to offer any comment. Why?

Mr Trump retweeted messages by Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen, including one that purportedly showed violence by a Muslim – but actually didn’t. Ms Fransen then appeared to admit that her tweets were hate messages:

It should be remembered that murderer Thomas Mair named Britain First when he killed Jo Cox.

Her husband Brendan made his feelings about Mr Trump’s actions clear:

He followed this message with a tweet thanking Americans who had contacted him to say Trump did not represent the rules and values of their country – and he is quite right to give recognition to that.

Mr Cox has also written an opinion piece in The Guardian:

And he has appeared on TV, calling for Mr Trump’s planned visit to the UK to be cancelled:

Prominent figures from all sides of British politics have come together to condemn Mr Trump’s actions. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn led the charge of condemnation:

Tory Nadhim Zahawi has written to Mr Trump, expressing his own outrage, as follows:

He wrote: “The videos you have chosen to distribute to your 43.6 million Twitter followers seek to conflate all Muslims into one skewed and twisted stereotype in the hope of inciting religious hatred toward the Islamic community. Whether the videos are valid or not, the individuals within them do not represent the overwhelming majority of those who adhere to the many forms of the Islamic faith.”

He continued: “I fear that your actions today have put in jeopardy some of the hard work done by our state bodies, making it easier for terrorist groups to portray our countries as their enemies and stoking the flames of radicalisation further.”

And he wrote: “I… urge you to delete the retweets and do all you can in future to resist courses of action that play into the hands of those who seek to destroy us and our way of life.”

Some of our politicians have been less forthcoming with their vilification.

Here’s our pitiful excuse for a Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson. His tweet is followed by one from the Artist Taxi Driver, Mark McGowan, offering a possible reason for Mr Johnson’s reluctance to condemn Mr Trump:

And what of our absentee prime minister, Theresa May?

She is currently on a junket around some Middle East countries that are predominantly – if not entirely – Muslim. But she could not bring herself to say anything against Mr Trump’s behaviour.

Nor has she responded to calls for his invitation to visit the UK to be rescinded, in the light of this clearly unacceptable behaviour:

Perhaps Mrs May thinks that Mr Trump’s clear admiration for a hate group responsible for inciting people into acts of violence against their fellow UK citizens is none of our business.

Perhaps she thinks if she stays quiet about the issue, it will go away.

Perhaps we should make sure she is mistaken. Agreed?


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