Trump’s latest retweets might not only start a Twitter war, they’re provoking an international response offline, too.
British Prime Minister Theresa May called Trump “wrong” for retweeting posts from far right Britain First leader Jayda Fransen featuring anti-Muslim videos.
“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.”
Fransen was arrested and charged with using “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior” on Saturday in Northern Ireland for a speech she made at an anti-terrorism rally there in August.
Trump retweeted three videos allegedly depicting Muslims perpetrating violence early this morning prompting the response from Prime Minister May. This comes just ahead of a visit to Britain scheduled for Trump in early 2018. May did not cancel the visit in her statement. However, British lawmaker Chuka Umunna called for the visit to be cancelled.
“I don’t think the president of the United States, a president that has not only promoted bigotry, misogyny and racism in his own country — I don’t think he is welcome here,” he told Sky News.
This is not the first time Trump has insulted political counterparts across the pond.
After a June 2017 terror attack in the heart of London that left 48 injured and 7 dead, Trump went after London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Twitter.
Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017
After that exchange, Khan said that a planned state visit by Trump to the UK should be cancelled. The trip was scheduled for late 2017 at the time, and was pushed to early 2018.
Trump really is his own worst enemy when it comes to this international diplomacy thing. Obviously, he has a hard time with anyone who looks different from him, from anywhere substantially different from here. But come on, this is the UK, it should be a slam dunk.