May takes aim at Trump in final major speech as British PM
UK Prime Minister Theresa May says she worries about the increasing "absolutism" of world politics, in a message many will see as aimed at her successor as Britain's leader and President Donald Trump.
May, who leaves office in a week, used her last major speech overnight to criticise the "politics of division" and said "some are losing the ability to disagree without demeaning the views of others."
Although she didn't name Trump, many have interpreted one of her comments as a direct jibe at the president over his widely condemned tweets of recent days.
"Ill words that go unchallenged are the first step on a continuum towards ill deeds - towards a much darker place where hatred and prejudice drive not only what people say but also what they do," May said.
May announced her resignation last month after Parliament rejected her Brexit divorce deal. It was defeated in part by pro-Brexit members of May's Conservative Party who condemned its compromises with the EU.
She used her last major speech overnight to defend political compromise and condemn populists who give "easy answers" to complex problems.
She backed the Paris climate accord and the international nuclear agreement with Iran, which Trump has rejected.
Earlier this week Trump emphatically defended his tweet calling on four Democratic congresswomen of colour to go back to their "broken and crime infested" countries by saying "if you're not happy in the US... you can leave."
The president also said condemnation of his comments "doesn't concern me because many people agree with me."
The fresh round of comments came as Trump responded to questions at the White House after his Sunday tweet assailing the lawmakers.
While he did not name the four, he is believed to have been referring to congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib. Only Omar, from Somalia, is foreign-born.
Trump has been roundly criticised by Democrats who labelled his remarks racist and divisive, and a smattering of Republicans also have objected. Most leading Republicans have been silent.
Trump, resurrecting language not prevalent in the US for decades, said on Monday that if the lawmakers "hate our country," they "can leave" it.
"If you're not happy in the US, if you're complaining all the time, you can leave, you can leave right now," he said.
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