WASHINGTON/LONDON: US President Trump on Wednesday fired back at British Prime Minister Theresa May’s criticism of him retweeting anti-Muslim videos, telling her on Twitter to instead focus on her own domestic issues.
“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!” he tweeted.
.@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
However, his tweet to the leader of a historical ally only came minutes after his original message misfired when he addressed it to the wrong Theresa May, mistakenly directing it to a Twitter handle belonging to one “Theresa Scrivener” with six followers. Trump’s retort to May only adds to tensions between historical allies who have repeatedly referred to their “special relationship.” The spat between the two world leaders was sparked after Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by the deputy leader of the far-right British political party Britain First.
The White House defended Trump’s actions by saying that he was drawing attention to a national security issue, but one of the videos that purports to show a Muslim migrant beating up a Dutch boy on crutches was debunked.
I hope our Government will condemn far-right retweets by Donald Trump. They are abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) November 29, 2017