One day after President Trump retweeted three misleading anti-Muslim videos from a far-right British political operative, British lawmakers are calling for his 2018 visit to the UK to be canceled.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Trump should “not be welcomed” to the UK and that the president should apologize to the British people after promoting the Islamophobia of right-wing fringe party Britain First.
Khan issued a fiery statement on Thursday saying that Trump’s retweets were a “betrayal of the special relationship” between the two countries.
“President Trump yesterday used Twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists solely to sow division and hatred in our country,” Khan said. “Many Brits who love America and Americans will see this as a betrayal of the special relationship between our two countries. 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.”
Khan reiterated his previous calls to Prime Minister Theresa May to cancel Trump’s 2018 visit to the UK as a result of his retweeting the videos and the White House’s subsequent defense of them — even after the videos were proven by government officials and the media not to show what they purported to. A number of other British lawmakers have made similar calls to May.
??Donald Trump is facing unprecedented criticism in the Commons chamber today. MPs calling him “fascist”, “stupid”, spreading “evil” and “racist or incompetent or ignorant or all three” – remarks of a vehemence never heard before about a US president in the UK Parliament ??
— Sam Coates Times (@SamCoatesTimes) November 30, 2017
“After this latest incident, it is increasingly clear that any official visit from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed,” Khan said. “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.”
President Trump has used Twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists solely to sow division and hatred in our country. It's increasingly clear that any official visit from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed. pic.twitter.com/oZ1Kt0JCfY
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) November 30, 2017
For her part, May declared that it was “wrong” for Trump to have retweeted the hateful videos and that the British people “reject the prejudice rhetoric” of Britain First.
Trump responded later on Twitter that May shouldn’t focus on Trump but on terrorism in the UK because the U.S. was doing “fine.”