British PM on Trump retweets: We are not afraid to say when the US is wrong
"The fact that we work together does not mean we're afraid to say when the US have got it wrong" – @theresa_may receives applause for this response to Donald Trump's tweets pic.twitter.com/6SRdhRowBp
— Sky News (@SkyNews) November 30, 2017
British Prime Minister Theresa May defended the U.K.’s response to President Trump’s retweeting of anti-Muslim videos posted by a leader of an ultranationalist British group, saying the country is not afraid to push back against the U.S.
“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 to be very clear with them. And I’m very clear that retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do,” May said to applause in Amman, Jordan, on Thursday.
May’s comments come a day after Trump retweeted a series of videos from Jayda Fransen, who is the deputy leader of the far-right group Britain First. The videos claimed to show Muslims engaging in violent acts but have not been independently authenticated.
Trump’s retweets sparked widespread outrage in the U.K.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn called the tweets “abhorrent,” while London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Trump’s visit to the U.K. should be canceled.
However, May said the invitation to Trump for a state visit to the U.K. has not been revoked and that the two countries have yet to set a date.
A spokesperson for May first condemned the retweets Wednesday, saying it was wrong for Trump to retweet the videos.
Trump responded to the statement on Wednesday, saying May should focus her energy on terrorism, instead of him.
.@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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017
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