Republicans have spoken out in support of Theresa May after Donald Trump made a jibe at the Prime Minister in an ongoing transatlantic row over his sharing of far-right tweets.
The US president lashed out at the British Prime Minister after her office took the unusual step of issuing a strong statement saying Mr Trump was “wrong” to promote the material.
Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: “@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!”
Republican Orrin Hatch, the Senate’s longest serving Republican, said: “PM @theresa_may is one of the great world leaders, I have incredible love and respect for her and for the way she leads the United Kingdom, especially in the face of turbulence.”
The Utah senator visited Mrs May at Downing Street last week and shared a picture of his trip with the tweet.
Senior Republican senator John McCain has also chimed in, saying he was “surprised” at the president’s tweets.
“PM @theresa_may is one of the great world leaders, I have incredible love and respect for her and for the way she leads the United Kingdom, especially in the face of turbulence.” -OGH
(Photo: Hatch at 10 Downing Street last Tuesday) pic.twitter.com/KQoH2LoRe9
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) November 30, 2017
Republican senator Lindsey Graham has said Mr Trump’s tweets were “particularly unhelpful” .
“You don’t want to take a fringe group and elevate their content,” the South Carolina senator said.
“I think it also is not the message we need to be sending right now where we need Muslim allies.
“I can’t tell you how much of a miscalculation this is. This is embracing religious bigotry
“To the prime minister, I understand your concern and a lot of people in America don’t want to go down the road the president is going down.
“The special relationship is not just words. When we got to war the Brits go to war. When you put the British leader in a bad spot you damage the cause.”
Meanwhile the New York Daily News has branded Mr Trump a “madman” over the actions.
In an editorial headlined “Donald Trump is a madman” the newspaper wrote: “After his latest spasm of deranged tweets, only those completely under his spell can deny what growing numbers of Americans have long suspected.
“The President of the United States is profoundly unstable. He is mad. He is, by any honest layman’s definition, mentally unwell and viciously lashing out.”
Earlier today Mrs May issued a sharp rebuke to Mr Trump over his re-tweeting of anti-Muslim videos posted by a far-right group Britain First.
Speaking in Jordan the Prime Minister said none of her cabinet ministers would ever repeat messages posted by Britain First, just days after the President did.
Mrs May denounced the group as a “hateful organisation” which “seeks to spread mistrust and division within our communities”.
It is the first time the Prime Minister has publicly spoken about Mr Trump’s tweets.
It came as it emerged that Sir Kim Darroch, the British Ambassador to the US, has contacted the White House to raise the issue of the tweets.