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Theresa May attacks Donald Trump over refusal to condemn white supremacists

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Angus Walker

Theresa May has attacked Donald Trump for refusing to condemn neo-Nazis after violent clashes in the US city of Charlottesville in which a woman was killed.

The Prime Minister said those in power have a responsibility to make it clear that "profound fascist views" are unacceptable.

She spoke out after the US President suggested "both sides" were to blame for the violence in which a car drove into a crowd of protesters.

Mrs May said: "I absolutely abhor the racism, the hatred and the violence that we have seen portrayed by these groups."

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.

– Theresa May
Mr Trump has sought to equally blame the far-right and their opponents. Credit: AP

President Trump has wavered in his stance over extremist right-wingers, many of whom support his troubled presidency.

His widely criticised first response to the clashes condemned "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides" after violent attacks in Charlottesville.

Activist Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and 19 others were injured when a suspected white supremacist ploughed into anti-fascist protesters in the city.

Mr Trump later made a more conventional statement, branding members of the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists who took part as "criminals and thugs".

But in his most recent public appearance, he again insisted there was "blame on both sides".

Heather Heyer was killed in the violence. Credit: Facebook

Mr Trump's stance has been interpreted by many as offering tacit support for the far-right.

He was attacked by politicians across the political spectrum - including senior members of the Republican party.

Mrs May has also been censured for failing for specifically criticise Mr Trump's remarks.

Justice minister Sam Gyimah said "silence matters" and told people "we must call out hate - unambiguously".

Other politicians have also questioned whether a planned state visit by the US President should go ahead in the light of his comments.

Protesters flee from a car which sped into anti-fascist protesters. Credit: PA