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Theresa May's Statement On Donald Trump's Charlottesville Response Falls Short On Social Media

When you compare the language...

16/08/2017 15:02 BST

People are taking issue with Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement on the response Donald Trump gave to the Charlottesville violence, suggesting she feels more strongly about Big Ben than she does condemning the president.

May criticised Trump for claiming there is “equivalence” between white supremacists and anti-fascists.

When asked about Trump’s comments today, she said: “I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far right views wherever we hear them.”

In the same press event, she also commented that it “can’t be right” for Big Ben to stop ringing for four years while improvement works are carried out.

For many, her words regarding Trump didn’t go far enough and people on Twitter, including Gary Lineker, attacked the PM for getting her priorities wrong.

May’s words were already noticeably weaker than those from three senior Conservatives who sharply criticised Trump for his comments.

On Tuesday evening, Trump took back his delayed denunciation of the white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups who incited Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and said there were some “very fine people” taking part.