Theresa May has spoken to criticise Donald Trump’s response to white supremacist violence and demonstrations in Charlottesville.
Her words come after the PM originally declined to condemn the President’s remarks. On Monday, her spokesman said, “What the president says is a matter for him.”
Trump claimed there was “blame on many sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, that has left one person dead and 19 injured.
However May said today, 16th August, that, “I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them.”
“I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far-right views wherever we hear them.”
May is facing criticism herself from some quarters, as her comments did not directly challenge Trump. This echoes criticism she faced earlier this year as she dodged questions on Trump’s immigration ban in January. She eventually stated, “The United States is responsible for United States policy on refugees. The UK is responsible for UK policy on refugees.”
MPs from across the British political parties have tweeted their own criticisms of the US president, with Labour MPs in particular calling for May to cancel Trump’s state visit to the UK.
“A state visit by Donald Trump would shame this country and betray all we stand for. Theresa May should revoke the invitation immediately,” tweeted shadow defence secretary Nia Griffith.
Although Trump appeared to condemn white supremacist violence in a recent statement, at a press conference on Tuesday 15th August he again castigated anti-fascist counter-protestors at the Charlottesville demonstrations.
“You had a group on one side and group on the other and they came at each other with clubs. There is another side, you can call them the left, that came violently attacking the other group,” said the President.
“You had people that were very fine people on both sides,” adding: “Not all those people were neo-Nazis, not all those people were white supremacists,” he added.