Published: Thu, August 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Theresa May on Trump comments: Far-right should always be condemned


On Monday, May's spokesman had said that while Britain condemned racism, what the USA president said was "a matter for him". I learned that as a child.

Britain's Prime Minister is the latest person to slam US President Donald Trump for saying there's "blame on all sides" in the wake of the tragedy in Virginia.

But when CommonSpace asked the Scottish Conservatives Davidson's thoughts on the UK Government's relationship with Trump and whether it should distance itself from him, the party would not respond.

Downing Street has said there are no plans to cancel Donald Trump's state visit to the United Kingdom - despite the US President's impassioned defence of white supremacists.

The Prime Minister may come under pressure to comment when she visits the HMS Elizabeth aircraft carrier today, in Portsmouth, having returned from her long walking holiday.

The President refused to single out white nationalists at a Charlottesville rally against the removal of a statue of Confederate army leader Robert E. Lee from a local park.

They were confronted by anti-racism groups.

President Trump said: "You had a group on one side that was bad. There is another side, you can call them the left, that came violently attacking the other group", he said.

He claimed there were "fine people" marching alongside white supremacists and he condemned the "very violent" people protesting against the neo-Nazis.

In his initial response, Mr Trump blamed the violence "on many sides", but switched to condemning the white supremacists when told it was politically necessary to defuse the growing storm.

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

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