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UK PM May Echoes Trump on Rooting Out 'Extremist Ideology'

(ABC's "This Week")

By    |   Sunday, 17 Sep 2017 10:52 AM

Not willing to follow President Donald Trump's calls for tougher travel bans, British Prime Minister Theresa May instead pivot focus to extreme vetting of those entering her country and getting to the root of "hateful extremist ideology" on the Internet.

"I think what is important is that we're able to have the powers to look into people, to identify people who may be wanting to cause us harm and are plotting to cause us harm – and to be able to take the necessary action when people do cause us harm," May told ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

As much as May would not confirm support for President Trump's call for a stronger travel ban, she did say they "work well together" and reminded viewers of her moves as U.K. home secretary which brought tougher bans on "extremist hate preachers."

May is coming to the United States this week to speak to the United Nations and said her focus will be on "ensuring that we can stop terrorists from plotting online, plotting on the internet, and that we can stop the spread of the hateful extremist ideology, which can inspire terrorism."

"One of the issues that we really need to be addressing, and I'll be raising this when I'm at United Nations, is the question of the use of the Internet by terrorists for terrorist planning, but also this using it for the spread of extremism, of hatred, of propaganda that can incite and can inspire terrorism," May told Stephanopoulos.

"I think that's really important for us," she added after London was investigating its latest terror attack, a partially exploded bomb Friday on the London Underground.

Also in the "This Week" interview, May vowed to make U.K.'s Brexit a reality, finalizing a move to pull out from the European Union.

"Some people look at Brexit and think that it was about the U.K. turning inward – it wasn't," she said. "It's about us actually looking out around the rest of the world, but ensuring we can control our own laws, our money, and our borders.

"It will happen. We're in the negotiations. . . . I'm going to pass Brexit, I'm going to make sure that Brexit happens because the British people voted for it. And I think it's really important that politicians actually do respond and do listen to people. We gave the public the choice. They made their choice."

As for her relationship with President Trump, May reiterated "I do get on with him," despite some dissension within the U.K. people. And she said there will be a U.K. visit by President Trump, eventually.

"Her Majesty the Queen issued the invitation," she said. "The president has accepted it. It's just a question of getting dates to and sorting out the logistics."

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Not willing to follow President Donald Trump's calls for tougher travel bans, British Prime Minister Theresa May instead pivot focus to extreme vetting of those entering her country and getting to the root of "hateful extremist ideology" on the Internet.
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