Theresa May: “There are those who conduct acts of terror in the name of Islam, but it is not in the name of Islam”
US must do more to tackle far-Right extremists says Theresa May who REF– USES to back down in spat with Trump – as it’s claimed plans for a January ‘working visit’ to the UK have been dropped,” by James Tapsfield and Tim Sculthorpe, Mailonline, December 1, 2017:
Theresa May has said the US must do more to tackle far-Right extremists as she refused to back down in her spat with Donald Trump.
The Prime Minister hit back at Mr Trump’s jibe that she is not tackling terrorism in Britain as an extraordinary spat threatened to blow the Special Relationship apart.
Mrs May risked fuelling the row by repeating her view that the US president was ‘wrong’ to retweet anti-Muslim videos posted by the far-Right group Britain First.
Despite Mr Trump lashing out at her last night demanding she focus on ‘Islamic terrorism taking place in the UK’, Mrs May said she would not be afraid to raise concerns about such interventions.
She also did little to quell speculation that a visit from Mr Trump has now being kicked into the long grass, stressing that no date has been set.
A senior US diplomat also raised further doubts on the upcoming visit, telling the Daily Telegraph: ‘The idea of a visit has obviously been floated, but not December and not January. I would not expect a Trump visit in January.’
Trump was due to visit Britain in January 2018 to officially open America’s new London embassy, but the clash with May seems to have pushed any plans aside.
Questioned by journalists during a visit to Jordan this afternoon, Mrs May said: ‘The fact that we work together does not mean we are afraid to say when we think the United States has got it wrong and to be very clear with them.
‘And I am very clear that retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do.’
‘I think that we must all take seriously the threat that far-Right groups pose and both in terms of the terrorist threat that is posed by those groups and the necessity of dealing with extremist material which is far-Right as well.’
And she warned the UK will not be afraid to rebuke America, despite the so-called special relationship, when she feels Mr Trump has got something wrong.
‘The fact that we work together does not mean that we are afraid to say when we think the United States have got it wrong and be very clear with them,’ she said.
As the row escalated, the UK’s ambassador to Washington, Sir Kim Darroch, lodged a formal protest with the White House over the retweets.
Mr Trump’s actions drew cold fury from across the political spectrum in the UK, with fresh calls for his invite to the UK – extended by Mrs May on behalf of the Queen in Washington in January – to be withdrawn.
Lib Dem leader Vince Cable labelled Mr Trump an ‘evil racist’, while shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said he was trying to ‘humiliate and belittle’ the PM.
Labour Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the comments will be seen as a ‘betrayal’ of the Special Relationship and called for his visit to be cancelled.
Cabinet ministers also joined the condemnation. Home Secretary Amber Rudd appeared to hint that the state visit will not be happening any time soon, stressing that ‘arrangements have yet to be made’. She also suggested Mr Trump should give up Twitter.
The first video retweeted by Mr Trump yesterday claimed to show a ‘Muslim migrant’ beating up a Dutch boy on crutches. Dutch authorities have insisted the alleged migrant was born and raised in the country and his religion is unknown.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said Mr Trump had ‘endorsed the views of a vile, hate-filled racist organisation that hates me and people like me’, adding: ‘He is wrong and I refuse to let it go and say nothing.’
Shadow foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry warned: ‘If he comes next year, a year which is supposed to be a really happy year for the royal family, what on earth are people supposed to make of it?
‘Of course, the whole thing will be a total security nightmare if Donald Trump comes over.’
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable branded the President an ‘evil racist’
Labour MP Naz Shah suggested the ‘commander-in-tweet’ should be placed on the list of those banned from entering the country for promoting ‘the hate-filled ideology of fascism’
Ex-Tory minister Tim Loughton said Twitter should ‘have no hesitance in taking down the Twitter account of the First Citizen of the US, as it would any other citizen of the world who peddles such hate crime’
Commons Speaker John Bercow told MPs: ‘I thought the House would want urgently to express support for the victims of racism and bigotry and to denounce their purveyors’
Labour MP Stephen Doughty said that ‘by sharing it, he is either a racist, incompetent or unthinking – or all three.’
Mr Trump also retweeted a video of a Muslim man ‘destroy(ing) a statue of Virgin Mary’, and another where Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen – who has previously been convicted of religiously aggravated harassment – to wrote: ‘Islamist mob pushed teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!’ The provenance of the footage is unknown.
In an excoriating verdict on Britain First today, Mrs May branded it a ‘hateful organisation’.
‘It seeks to spread division and mistrust among our communities. It stands in fundamental opposition to the values we share as a nation – values of respect, tolerance and common British decency,’ she said.
‘On the issue of radical Islamism, British Muslims are peaceful and law-abiding who have themselves been victims of acts of terror by the far right. There are those who conduct acts of terror in the name of Islam, but it is not in the name of Islam.
‘As Prime Minister, I am very clear about the priority that I give to dealing with the challenge of the threat of terrorism … and extremism from whatever source they come.’
Asked whether she regarded Mr Trump as a fit person to be hosted by the Queen on a state visit, the Prime Minister said only: ‘An invitation for a state visit has been extended and has been accepted. We have yet to set a date.’…