Delete Your Account, Furious MPs Tell Donald Trump After Britain First Retweets

Donald Trump should delete his Twitter account, MPs in the House of Commons have said, in a debate following the U.S. president's decision to retweet far-right group Britain First.

Meanwhile, more politicians, including the Mayor of London, have repeated calls on the government to retract an invitation for Trump to enjoy a state visit to the U.K. The government has condemned Trump's retweets, but has said the invitation remains in the place.

Speaking in the Commons on Thursday (30 November), Peter Bone, a Conservative MP, asked: "Wouldn't the world be a better place if the Prime Minister could persuade the president of the United States to delete his Twitter account?"

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U.S. President Donald Trump during a visit to St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. November 29, 2017. British MPs want Trump to delete his Twitter account. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Responding for the government to Bone's comments, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that "I'm sure many of us might share his view," but didn't endorse the call.

Later in the debate, Tim Loughton said of a Twitter employee who temporarily suspended Trump's account at the start of November, "Was he not right?" He added that Twitter should make the action permanent.

In a statement, a Twitter spokesperson said: "We take action against content that violates our terms of service, as appropriate. To help ensure people have an opportunity to see every side of an issue, there may be the rare occasion when we allow controversial content or behavior which may otherwise violate our rules."

In her opening remarks, Rudd said that the government condemned Trump for his retweets of Britain First's Deputy Leader Jayda Fransen.

"This house should be clear, that this government will not tolerate any groups who spread hate by demonising those of other faiths and ethnicities," Rudd said.

"As Home Secretary, I can tell the house that the importance of the relationship between our countries, the unparalleled sharing of intelligence between our countries, is vital. It has undoubtedly saved British lives. That is the big picture here and I would urge people to remember that."

Labour's Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott said that "whilst on this side of the house we appreciate the importance of realpolitik, we would also call on the government to make clear that in no way, and at no time, does it give any support whatsoever to the distasteful views of the 45th president on race, and migration, and our muslim communities internationally."

Labour's Yvette Cooper and Dennis Skinner were among those who joined calls for Trump's planned state visit to Britain, for which the government has yet to set a date, to be cancelled.

Separately, in a statement, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said that Trump should not be granted any official visit at all to Britain. "I have previously called on Theresa May to cancel her ill-judged offer of a state visit to President Trump," he said.

"After this latest incident, it is increasingly clear that any official visit at all from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed.

Prime Minister Theresa May, speaking on a visit to Jordan, told journalists that "British Muslims are peaceful and law abiding people who have themselves been the victims of acts of terror by the far-right.

"The fact that we work together does not mean that we're afraid to say when the United States have got it wrong," she said, adding that "retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do."