Donald Trump Shouldn't Visit After Britain First Retweets Say U.K. MPs

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U.S. President Donald Trump meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May during the U.N. General Assembly in New York, U.S., September 20, 2017. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

British MPs are calling on the government to cancel U.S. President Donald Trump's planned state visit after he retweeted messages from a far-right party.

On Wednesday afternoon, Trump retweeted three videos posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the far-right anti-Islam party Britain First. Fransen received a fine in 2016 for religiously aggravated harassment of a Muslim woman.

Following the incident, politicians lined up to condemn the President's decision, and to ask Theresa May to withdraw his invitation to visit Britain.

"The U.S. President is normalizing hatred. If we don't call this out, we are going down a very dangerous road. His invite should be withdrawn," Labour MP Chuka Umunna said on Twitter.

His colleague Chris Bryant tweeted that "Donald Trump is inciting religious hatred in this country by retweeting the convicted racist Jayda Fransen's vile views. He should be banned from this country not invited."

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn did not explicitly call for Trump's invite to be revoked, but urged the prime minister to "condemn" his actions.

"I hope our Government will condemn far-right retweets by Donald Trump. They are abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society," Corbyn said.

Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP echoed his words. Lucas tweeted: "[Theresa May] must publicly condemn [Trump] immediately. We cannot stand by and watch [Trump] spew this hate."

"Trump retweeting videos from far right organisations in the U.K. underlines once again why a state visit to the UK would not be appropriate for the President," the SNP's Ian Blackford said.

Downing Street said that while Trump's decision to retweet the material was "wrong," the state visit would still go ahead.

Meanwhile the former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron drew a link between Trump's itchy retweet finger and his temperament as President. "So the finger that retweeted a British fascist, is the same finger on the nuclear button. Happy days!"

There is no date yet set for Trump's state visit to the U.K., but Theresa May extended the invitation when she visited him at the White House seven days after his inauguration.

The Guardian has reported that the visit is on hold because Trump does not want to come to Britain is there is a significant risk of large-scale protests.