Theresa May has criticised Donald Trump for not singling out white supremacists for criticism following deadly unrest in Virginia, insisting there is “no equivalence” between fascists and their opponents.
The prime minister spoke out after the US president failed to condemn far-right demonstrators outright for violence in Charlottesville in which a woman was killed.
Mr Trump claimed “there is blame on all sides”, apparently equating the actions of far-right demonstrators with those protesting against them.
But Mrs May said: “I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them. I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far-right views wherever we hear them.”
Asked about Mr Trump’s comments in the wake of the violence, Mrs May told reporters in Portsmouth: “As I made clear at the weekend following the horrendous scenes that we saw in Charlottesville, I absolutely abhor the racism, the hatred and the violence that we have seen portrayed by these groups.
“The United Kingdom has taken action to ban far-right groups here.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: I hope President Trump will recognise he is president of the United States.
“And that includes all of the people of the United States.”