London’s mayor says that President Trump should not be welcomed into the United Kingdom (U.K.) after re-tweeting three videos showing Muslims purportedly engaging in violence.
“President Trump yesterday used Twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists solely to sow division and hatred in our country,” Sadiq Khan said in a statement Thursday.
“Many Brits who love America and Americans will see this as a betrayal of the special relationship between our two countries,” he continued.
“After this latest incident, it is increasingly clear that any official visit at all from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed.”
President Trump has used Twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists solely to sow division and hatred in our country. It's increasingly clear that any official visit from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed. pic.twitter.com/oZ1Kt0JCfY— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) November 30, 2017
Khan additionally demanded that British Prime Minister Theresa May try using her influence over Trump to “ask him to delete these tweets and to apologize to the British people.”
May has sought a close relationship with Trump, visiting him in Washington, D.C. last January and extending him a state visit hosted by British Queen Elizabeth II in return.
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd on Thursday told lawmakers in the House of Commons there that the invite had been accepted and the visit was planned.
“The dates and precise arrangements have yet to be agreed,” she said of Trump’s future travels to the U.K.
May on Wednesday said that Trump was “wrong” to share footage initially posted by Britain First, an ultranationalist, far-right political party in her nation.
Trump earlier that day re-tweeted three videos that were first posted by Jayda Fransen, Britain First’s deputy leader.
One clip showed a purported “Islamist mob” kicking a “teenage boy” after he has been knocked off a building.
Another depicts a purported “Muslim migrant” attacking a “Dutch boy on crutches,” and the third shows a purported Muslim shattering a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Fransen was found guilty last of “religiously aggravated harassment” for verbal abuse of a woman wearing a hijab in front of her four children.
Trump’s re-tweets of Fransen outraged many U.K. lawmakers for promoting Britain First to his nearly 44 million Twitter followers.