LONDON – Lawmakers and commentators around the world have expressed shock and disgust Monday after President Trump targeted Democratic minority congresswomen in a series of tweets over the weekend and told them to "go back" to their countries. 19659003] On US the soil, the tweets prompted outrage, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) branding Trump's string of remarks as "xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation," and Democrats defending those believed to be in the center of Trump's fury : Reps. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.)
While Republicans remained overwhelmingly silent, lawmakers around the world were not
David Lammy branded Trump's comments on "The 1950s racism straight from the White House" and called for Boris Johnson, who is in the running to replace Theresa May as prime minister, to condemn the remarks
On Monday, May, who has just days left in office, condemned the tweets. The prime minister's view is that the language used to refer to these women was completely unacceptable, "and Downing Street spokesman said.
May's sharp rebuke of President has put pressure on other lawmakers, especially Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, who is also I'm sorry for her job, I condemn the tweets.
May's condemnation comes after a tense week between Britain and the United States with the special (or not-so-special) relationship at a new low
"The President of the United States telling elected politicians – or any other Americans for that matter – to 'go back' to other countries is not OK, and diplomatic politeness should not stop us saying so, loudly and clearly, " tweeted First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon
Sadiq Khan, London's first Muslim mayor who has been born and raised in the city and has often crashed with Trump, told a British radio station that this is the type of language he's heard for much of his life never from such a source.
"I've heard it from racists and fascists. Never from a mainstream politician, "he said. "Here you have the president of the U.S.A. using that same sort of language. "
The outrage came from outside Britain as well.
" Trump's racism is sickening. " wrote Belgian politician Guy Verhofstadt
In Germany, commentators condemned Trump's remarks on Monday. It relies on "ugly sentiments," wrote the daily newspaper Süeddeutsche Zeitung, "long become part of his strategy."
Trump's tweets, the paper wrote, were so "clearly racist, of time. "
German news outlet Der Spiegel echoed those comments. In a commentary on its website, the publication said that Trump was now relying on an even more blunt and racist raid ahead of the 2016 elections
Rick Noack in Berlin contributed to this report