Tory ministers finally lose their rag with Donald Trump over neo-Nazi row

Written by Dods staff on 16 August 2017 in Diary
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Sajid Javid told the president it was ‘pretty obvious’ that neo-Nazis are bad people.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has become the first cabinet minister to condemn Donald Trump for appearing to support the far right.

Trump shocked the world last night by lashing out at the media for mischaracterizing white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville.

He claimed there were "fine people" marching alongside white supremacists and he condemned the "very violent" people protesting against the neo-Nazis.

Trump’s meltdown on Tuesday drew no immediate reaction from Number 10, but Javid broke ranks from his cabinet colleagues to speak out on Twitter.

In comments clearly directed at the president, he said: "Neo-Nazis: bad. Anti-Nazis: good. I learned that as a child. It was pretty obvious."

 

 

Prisons minister Sam Gyimah also hit out at Trump, saying: "Words matter. Silence matters. We must call out hate - unambiguously - to preserve the free & tolerant society many have fought & die for.

"The ‘leader of the free world’ loses moral authority when he cannot call fascism by its name."

And Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson was typically forceful. She said: "The President of the United States has just turned his face to the world to defend Nazis, fascists and racists. For shame."

A few hours later, Theresa May was asked about Trump's comments by reporters, She opted to criticise Trump's stance without attacking the president himself, stating: "I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them."

The prime minister added: "I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far-right views wherever we hear them."

A series of MPs have now raised concerns about the prospect of a state visit from Trump next year. 

They include shadow defence secretary Nia Griffith who said that "a state visit by Donald Trump would shame this country and betray all we stand for".

She added: "Theresa May should revoke the invitation immediately."

 

 

Picture by: Isabel Infantes/EMPICS Entertainment.

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