Donald Trump attacks Theresa May over Britain First retweets – live updates

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Donald Trump has sparked an unprecedented diplomatic spat after telling Theresa May to mind her own business following criticism of the US President’s latest tweets. 

Mr Trump shared three Islamophobic videos posted by the deputy leader of far-right organisation Britain First on Wednesday to widespread condemnation. 

The Prime Minister’s office earlier said the billionaire was “wrong” to have retweeted the messages featuring the misleading videos.

Live updates below…

Live Updates

8 mins ago

MPs are demanding Theresa May cancel Trump’s state visit after he retweeted Britain First

Theresa May’s ties with Donald Trump are under intense pressure after the Prime Minister openly attacked the President for promoting a British far-right extremist organisation to his 44 million social media followers. Ms May branded Mr Trump “wrong” for posting anti-Muslim propaganda videos previously published by a leading figure in the Britain First group.

11 mins ago

 

Cabinet minister of Muslim descent condemns Trump: ‘He endorsed a vile, hate-filled racist organisation that hates me’

A Cabinet minister of Muslim descent has condemned Donald Trump for endorsing a “vile, hate-filled racist organisation that hates me” and vowed to keep speaking out. Sajid Javid went further than Theresa May by warning that the US President’s tweets showed his backing for the far-right group Britain First. He also pledged to keep criticising Mr Trump for his outbursts – even as another Cabinet minister insisted they must not be allowed to “undermine” the UK-US alliance.

13 mins ago

UPDATE: Speaker John Bercow has granted Labour MP Stephen Doughty an urgent question on Britain First and online hate speech. It will take place in the Commons from approximately 10.30am.

15 mins ago

Trump attacks Theresa May over her criticism of his Britain First tweets

The IndependentDonald Trump has hit back at Theresa May’s criticism of his decision to retweet far-right group Britain First. The US President tweeted: “Theresa @theresamay, 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!”

17 mins ago

Welcome to The Independent’s live blog as the world reacts to Donald Trump’s unprecedented attack on Theresa May over his posting of Islamophobic videos on Twitter.

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Her spokesperson added: “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.”

The US President responded “Theresa @theresamay, 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!”

Mr Trump appeared to have tagged the wrong user in his message, however. He later re-posted the tweet, tagging @theresa_may instead.