Trump snaps at May for criticising his anti-Muslim tweets

File: British Prime Minister told US President Donald Trump he should not have shared the the 'hateful' meesages of the right-wing organisation Britain First. Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble

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.

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.

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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".

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