The so-called “special relationship” between Britain and the US was under increasing strain Thursday after President Donald Trump publicly rebuked Prime Minister Theresa May over his dissemination of anti-Muslim propaganda.
In an extraordinary diplomatic clash between two allies, Trump took aim at May Wednesday, tweeting: “@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!”
Trump caused outrage in Britain by retweeting three videos posted by Jayda Frandsen, the deputy leader of the UK far-right party Britain First. The inflammatory videos showed people purported to be Muslims carrying out assaults and, in one video, smashing a statue of the Virgin Mary.
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Mrs May said Mr Trump was “wrong” to share them with his followers.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said Britain First sought to divide communities through its use of “hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions”.
“It is wrong for the president to have done this,” the spokesman said.
However, the spokesman said plans for Mr Trump’s state visit remain in place.