Yesterday, Trump made international headlines with his inflammatory retweet of far-right Britain First leader Jayda Fransen featuring anti-Muslim videos. Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, duly castigated Trump for what she called his “wrong” response.
“Britain First seeks to divide communities through their use of hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions. 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.”
It was after Trump opted to publicly lash out at May on Twitter that his “working visit” to the UK was abruptly canceled. The President was scheduled to travel to Britain in January to formally open the new American embassy in London.
Per The Telegraph, “The trip, a scaled down version of a state visit with no meeting with the Queen, was intended to allow Mr Trump to come to the UK while avoiding the mass protests a full state visit would likely trigger. However, The Telegraph can reveal that the trip has been pushed into the long grass, with no new date in the diary picked.”
“The idea of a visit has obviously been floated, but not December and not January,” a British diplomat told the newspaper. “I would not expect a Trump visit in January.”
The clip that prompted the international dispute was entitled “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!”
VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches! pic.twitter.com/11LgbfFJDq
— Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF) November 28, 2017
While the video was clearly intended to stoke fear of Muslims, it was duly debunked as a fake, at which point Trump instead pivoted to general fear mongering in his tweet to the British PM.
Statement from the Dutch public prosecutor, which says the video shared by @potus actually depicts a quarrel between two underage boys in May 2017. The attacker was born in the Netherlands and served community service, the statement adds. https://t.co/ydOK0MlXKX
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) November 29, 2017
.@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 30, 2017
With Trump’s latest attack on one of our closest allies, America is now finding itself increasingly isolated within the international community, all due to a man who would rather pander to his base than govern with even a modicum of integrity.