US Election Results: Theresa May Congratulates Donald Trump On His Election As President

May has previously criticised Trump and said his claim parts of London were so radicalised that the police were too afraid to walk the streets was “nonsense”. As home secretary, May also attacked Trump’s plan to ban all Muslims from the US.

“I think we all agree that the comments Donald Trump made in relation to Muslims were divisive, unhelpful and wrong,” she said in December.

However as the election has drew closer, May became much less hostile to Trump than David Cameron was when he was prime minister. Cameron slammed the Republican candidate as “divisive” “stupid” and “wrong”.

Given Trump’s desire to connect his election victory to the Brext result, the British politician with the closest relationship to the new president is arguably Nigel Farage.

Not all British politicians congratulated Trump. Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said the result was one of “great sadness”.

“While we must all respect the result of this democratic contest, today is a dark day for those of us who believe in compassion, tolerance and equality,” she said.

“Donald Trump was responsible for a hate-filled campaign that was dominated by lies, misogyny and racism. As president-elect, he now has a responsibility to America and the world to heal the deep divisions he has caused.

“Across the US, there will be women, gay people and Muslims who will now be incredibly worried about the direction of their country, but there will also be countless working-class Americans who will be hurting today. They all need reassurances that I very much hope will be forthcoming from the Republican Party.

“But the United States and Scotland share a rich history and friendship between our people. That will not be swept away by one election result.”

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said “liberal values of moderation, freedom, respect for the rule of law, openness and concern for one another can no longer be taken for granted. In the United States last night, those values were defeated.

“But those values are vital if we are to live together in peace, prosperity and freedom.  

“Those of us who care passionately for those liberal values need to fight for them, to win the arguments, to inspire new generations to the great and historic cause of liberalism. Never in my lifetime have those liberal values been so under threat, and never have they been more relevant and necessary.

“There is nothing inevitable about the rise of nationalism, protectionism  and division, Justin Trudeau proves that. I am determined that together, we must make it our mission to build that liberal cause. The alternatives are unthinkable.”

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