Theresa May believes it is “completely unacceptable” for Donald Trump to tell four congresswomen of colour to “go back” from where they came.
The US President made the comment about a cohort of Democrats – three of whom were born in the States, while the fourth came to the country as a refugee when she was 12.
Trump hit out at the women – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilan Omar and Rashida Tlaib – on Twitter, prompting a wave of criticism and cries of racism.
Trump tweeted yesterday: “So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……
“…and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how….
“..it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”
Asked about the tweets, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister’s view is that the language used to refer to these women was completely unacceptable.”
May’s stern rebuke to Trump comes amid growing tensions between London and Washington.
The President cut off ties with the UK’s ambassador to the US, Sir Kim Darroch, after leaked memos from the diplomat described the Trump White House as “inept” and “uniquely dysfunctional”.
Darroch subsequently quit his posting after Boris Johnson, the front runner to replace May as Prime Minister, refused to commit to keeping him in the role should the former foreign secretary win the leadership contest.