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May refuses to rule out state visit despite latest bigotry

THERESA MAY came under fire yesterday for failing to cancel Donald Trump’s state visit following his failure to condemn Nazis at Saturday’s deadly march in Charlottesville.

The PM joined condemnation of Mr Trump’s comments on Tuesday in which he partly blamed antifascists for violent clashes at a white nationalist march.

Ms May said: “I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them. I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far-right views wherever we hear them.”

However despite growing pressure she stopped short of cancelling Mr Trump’s state visit.

Shadow defence secretary Nia Griffith tweeted: “A state visit by Donald Trump would shame this country and betray all we stand for. Theresa May should revoke the invitation immediately.”

A Downing Street spokeswoman told the Star that there was “nothing to add” when asked whether Ms May would cancel Mr Trump’s invite.

Meanwhile a demonstration against the US President’s “politics of warmongering, fear, hate and division” has been called by the Stand Up to Trump coalition and will take place this Saturday.

Novelist and poet Michael Rosen said that the “high-risk games that Trump is playing” could destroy the lives of millions.

Stand up to Trump spokeswoman Maz Saleem said: “Donald Trump has threatened to unleash a nuclear war in North Korea and military action against Venezuela.

“Meanwhile, the appalling events in Charlottesville show that his bigoted rhetoric is encouraging far-right extremism.”

The demonstration will take place from 12pm-1pm at the US embassy, Grosvenor Square, London.

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