Hundreds apply to join Britain First after Donald Trump's retweets

Danny Woods
December 4, 2017

His tweet, last night United Kingdom time, was a reaction to the British Prime Minister's rebuke that the US President was "wrong" to re-tweet controversial anti-Muslim videos posted by British far-right group Britain First.

The presidential retweets earned rebukes from British officials, with a spokesperson for British Prime Minister Theresa May saying "it is wrong for the president to have done this".

The British ambassador to the US said Thursday he told the White House of his "concerns" about President Donald Trump sharing a series of anti-Muslim videos on Twitter.

"British Muslims are peaceful and law-abiding citizens", Darroch tweeted. America is "doing fine", POTUS said. "The threat needs to be addressed", she said.

May reiterated the stance during a diplomatic visit to Jordan on Thursday. In the United Kingdom we take the far-right very seriously and that's why we ensure we deal with these threats and this extremism wherever it comes and whatever its source'. "And I raised these concerns with the White House yesterday".

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Several MPs have demanded that a state visit invitation, extended to the US President on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, be withdrawn in protest.

Needless to say, Trump took to Twitter to get back at May, only he managed to direct his tweet to the wrong Theresa May.

Commenting on the developing row on Thursday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "I would hope the President will think about this and people who advise the President will advise him".

But he added: "In the event that he does come to Britain, I hope he will look at the diversity of our society, the sense of inclusivity we have in our society and my local mosque would be very happy to receive him".

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