Her scathing criticism follows growing tensions between Downing Street and the White House after the leak of diplomatic emails criticising Mr Trump earlier this month. The President has been engulfed by accusations of racism since his attack on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib. Of the four, only Miss Omar was born outside the US. President Trump used his Twitter account to hit back at the female politicians after they criticised his administration.
In a series of tweets, he wrote: “So interesting to see ‘progressive’ Democrat congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world [if they even have a functioning government at all], now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful nation on earth, how our government is to be run.
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came? Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough.”
Mrs May’s spokesman said: “The Prime Minister’s view is that the language used to refer to these women was totally unacceptable.”
He declined to be drawn on whether she thought his remarks were “racist” but said Mrs May had no plans to speak to Mr Trump before she leaves office.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “The President of the US telling elected politicians – or any other Americans for that matter – to ‘go back’ to other countries is not okay, and diplomatic politeness should not stop us saying so.”
Lib Dem leadership contender Jo Swinson added: “The President of the United States is a racist. Every political leader should call this out.”
Miss Omar was born in Somalia and came to the US aged 12, while Miss Ocasio-Cortez is of Puerto Rican descent, Miss Tlaib’s parents were Palestinian immigrants and Miss Pressley is a black woman from Chicago, Illinois
But Mr Trump seemed unfazed by the reaction.
Speaking at the White House yesterday he said: “If you’re not happy in the US, if you’re complaining all the time, you can leave, you can leave right now.”