Theresa May outlines differences on Jerusalem in phone call to Trump

The Prime Minister did not mention Britain First tweets in conversation with US President


Theresa May has expressed her “different position” on Jerusalem in a phone call to Donald Trump.

But while the Prime Minister reiterated her opposition to the US President’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, she made no mention of the recent furore that erupted after he chose to retweet anti-Muslim videos put out by a prominent far-right group.

It was the first time the pair had officially spoken since Mrs May and her government publicly rebuked the President for seeming to endorse the inflammatory message posted by a senior member of Britain First.

When Mrs May described Mr Trump’s actions as “wrong”, he reacted angrily on Twitter by saying she should focus her attention on tackling Islamic extremism.

The phone call on Tuesday covered a range of issues including Jerusalem, Brexit and the ongoing crisis in Yemen.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Minister called President Trump earlier this afternoon. She began by offering her condolences over the loss of life in the terrible train crash in Washington state.

“They discussed the different positions we took on the recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, and agreed on the importance of the US bringing forward new proposals for peace and the international community supporting these efforts.”

Britain stands alongside much of Europe and the Arab world in its opposition to Mr Trump’s plan to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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