A visit from President Donald Trump to England has been reportedly canceled because of the controversy arising from tweets he posted on his official social media account.
According to The Telegraph, a visit was planned for Trump to attend the opening of a new U.S. embassy in London during January, but that has been dropped with no replacement date scheduled.
“The idea of a visit has obviously been floated, but not December and not January,” a senior U.S. diplomat told the Telegraph. “I would not expect a Trump visit in January.”
What were the controversial tweets?
Trump started a firestorm when he retweeted videos from an account pushing with what some call extremist views. The videos showed violent attacks from Muslims.
What did the British say about them?
British Prime Minister Theresa May criticized the president for reposting messages from the “Britain First” account, an organization she called “hateful.”
“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,” her statement read.
Other prominent British politicians also called for the visit to be cancelled because of the tweets they saw as unnecessarily provocative.
How did Trump respond?
The president took to his twitter account to respond to May, advising her to “focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom” rather than criticize him.
.@Theresa_May, 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2017
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