Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

United Kingdom ambassador told White House of 'concerns' over anti-Muslim videos

United Kingdom ambassador told White House of 'concerns' over anti-Muslim videos

Asked whether she would fire someone from her senior leadership team if they retweeted the same account Trump did, she said: "I have absolute confidence that my cabinet ministers would not be retweeting material from Britain First". "We have yet to set a date".

Prime Minister Theresa May blasted Trump for crossing a line by posting the inflammatory videos on his Twitter page Wednesday - and then warning May to essentially mind her own business and focus on Islamist terrorism instead of him.

But Mr Trump hit back and told Theresa May that she should "focus on the destructive radical Islamic terrorism that is taking place in the UK". "And I raised these concerns with the White House yesterday".

President Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim videos November 29, posted by the far-right group 'Britain First.' Here's what you need to know about the videos.

An official spokesperson said: '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 seeks to spread division and mistrust among our communities.

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable are among those who have called for the state visit to be cancelled altogether.

One of the videos shared by Fransen depicted a young man beating another, accompanied by the label "Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches".

On Thursday, a spokesperson at Downing Street said May is standing by her criticism of the President, but said the offer of a state visit seems to be on track. "Action is needed now, not a slap on the wrist", he said. "It has undoubtedly saved British lives, that is the bigger picture here and I would urge people to remember that".

Britain First leader Paul Golding also said the group's Facebook posts were reaching hundreds of thousands more users.

Rudd said that was an "interesting suggestion" for Twitter's chief executive Jack Dorsey to consider.

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The incorrect tweet was live for about 20 minutes before the President deleted it and replaced the handle with the correct one for May.

Robin Niblett, director of Chatham House, a London-based think tank, said that many British prime ministers have faced awkward moments with US presidents over the years.

"The overwhelming majority of Muslims in this country are law abiding people who abhor extremism in all its forms", Slack said in response to the overnight tweet. "In the United Kingdom we take the far-right very seriously and that's why we ensure we deal with these threats and this extremism wherever it comes and whatever its source". "We're working hard to do that both at home and internationally, including with our United States partners".

President Trump tagged the wrong Theresa May on Twitter Wednesday.


In 2013, while home secretary, May intervened to ban far-right United States bloggers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer from entering the UK. "I'm just glad he was not contacting me to say he was going to war with North Korea", she added.

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