May is focused on tackling extremism, spokesman says in response to Trump

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May is fully focused on tackling extremism, her spokesman said on Thursday, responding to a tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump telling her to focus on “destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism”.

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May arrives to meet King Abdullah at the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan, November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Asked if May was focused on tackling extremism: her spokesman said: “Yes.”

“The overwhelming majority of Muslims in this country are law-abiding people who abhor extremism in all its forms. The prime minister has been clear … that where Islamist extremism does exist it should be tackled head on. We are working hard to do that both at home and internationally and … with our U.S. partners.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, editing by William James

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