WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump publicly upbraided British Prime Minister and ostensible ally Theresa May late on Wednesday, rebutting her criticism of anti-Muslim propaganda he had posted on Twitter.
Plunging headlong into a high-profile spat with one of America's closest international partners, Trump suggested May focus on defending the UK rather than on criticising 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
Trump had drawn fierce condemnation at home and abroad earlier in the day for retweeting three incendiary anti-Muslim videos posted by the deputy head of a British far-right group who has been convicted of a hate crime.
May said through a spokesperson that Trump was "wrong" to promote the "hateful narratives" of the group, British First.
Trump's interventions in British politics have strained the so-called "special relationship".
He has infuriated British authorities with his tweets on terrorism in Britain, including highly publicised run-ins with London's Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan.
Khan on Wednesday described Britain First as "a vile, hate-fuelled organisation whose views should be condemned, not amplified".