Thursday, 30 November 2017

Donald Trump's Britain First retweets are a "betrayal of the special relationship" between the UK and US, says Sadiq Khan


Sadiq Khan: Posts are a 'betrayal of the special relationship
Senior UK politicians have piled in to rebuke Donald Trump for posting anti-Muslim videos on Twitter.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd repeated Downing Street's condemnation that the US President was "wrong" to share tweets from far-right group Britain First.

She said "many of us" shared the view President Trump should delete his Twitter account and but impressed the US-UK relationship was "vital".



Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also denounced Mr Trump's posts as a "betrayal of the special relationship".

He said: "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 makes Britain so great."

Mr Khan, who was targeted directly by the US President for his response to the London Bridge terror attack, added his most recent intervention should see a planned state visit cancelled.

Donald Trump was condemned for sharing three videos




He said: "As the mayor of this great diverse city, I have previously called on Theresa May to cancel her ill-judged offer of a state visit to President Trump.

"After this latest incident, it is increasingly clear that any official visit at all from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed.

"The Prime Minister of our country should be using any influence she and her government claim to have with the President and his administration to ask him to delete these tweets and to apologise to the British people."

It came before an urgent question on the topic in Parliament, where MPs used unprecendented language to describe the US President.

They branded him a "facist", "either racist, incompetent or unthinking" and a spreader of "evil".

One said he should be "charged with racial hatred" if he enters the UK.


Mrs May's spokesman said of the posts it was "wrong for the President to have done this".

President Trump responded: "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!"

He had come under fire for sharing three anti-Muslim videos posted by Britain First's deputy leader Jayda Fransen.

He re-tweeted the posts to his 43.6 million followers, including unverified footage purporting to show Muslims committing crimes.

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