LONDON: On previous Thursday, British Prime Minister took time out of her Middle East tour to publicly rebuke US President Trump over his far-right Britain First anti Muslim retweets.
Speaking to journalists in Amman, May said: “The fact that we work together does not mean that we are afraid to say when we think that the United States have got it wrong and to be very clear with them. I am very clear that retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do.”
“Britain First is a hateful organisation. It seeks to spread division and mistrust in our communities. It stands in fundamental opposition to the values that we share as a nation – values of respect, tolerance and, dare I say it, common decency.” She spoke on the last stop of a three-day tour in the Middle East, to deliver a foreign policy speech about Britain’s relationship with the region post – Brexit and to meet Jordanian officials. However, her visit was overshadowed by her public fallout with Trump.
The spat between the US – UK leaders began on Wednesday when US President Donald Trump retweeted anti-Muslim propaganda videos, from the feed of Jaydan Fransen, deputy leader of a British far-right group Britain First.
Britain First is a small political group in the UK with around 1,000 supporters. They have an openly anti-Islam, anti immigration agenda. Three videos were retweeted to his 43.6 million followers titled: “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” “Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!” and “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!” The first video was immediately discredited when the Dutch Embassy in the US, said the assailant in the video was born and raised in the Netherlands; the other two videos showed four-year-old events without an explanation.