Trump and all in power must abhor the far right, warns May

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 19, 2017

It may be an invitation that Theresa May regrets extending.

"The prime minister's comments came a day after Trump said in a defiant news conference that "alt-left" protesters were just as responsible for the breakout of violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday as white nationalist demonstrators".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday that there's "no equivalence" between those who have far-right views and those who oppose them, but refused to directly criticize President Donald Trump's remarks blaming "both sides" in weekend violence in Virginia.

"I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far-right views wherever we hear them", May told reporters when asked to comment on Trump's stance. May had rejected similar calls after previous Trump-related controversies.

The invitation to Trump to make a state visit to Britain sparked immediate controversy in Britain when the USA head of state announced his widely-criticised ban on travel from Muslim-majority countries just hours after May left the White House.

Other senior politicians in Britain have also criticized Trump.

"May has been careful in her critiques of Trump, relying on language that communicates disapproval of his often-divisive rhetoric but is vague enough to not jeopardize the countries" "special relationship". Trump is the only major world leader to have supported the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union, and his promise of a quick trade deal with the United Kingdom after "Brexit' is a rare asset for May and her government".

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