The Home Secretary snapped at Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party after she was targeted for turning up at the BBC debate instead of the Prime Minister.
After an audience member asked about strong leadership, Ms Rudd took a furious swipe at the Shadow Home Secretary.
She said: “Part of being a good leader is having a good strong team around you and I am proud and delighted to be here representing the Conservative party.
Amber Rudd took aim at Jeremy Corbyn saying she had hoped to debate with Diane Abbott
I was rather hoping Diane Abbott might be here so I could debate with her as well
“Let’s face it, Jeremy only decided to come late this morning, I was rather hoping Diane Abbott might be here so I could debate with her as well.”
Ms Abbott took to Twitter to fire back at the Home Secretary for her comment.
She said: “Heard you were asking for me? This was a leaders debate. My leader respects the British public enough to show up.”
The Labour leader also stepped in during the debate following the remark as he asked what had happened to Mrs May and why she was not debating on the show.
Ms Rudd fumed: “The most important challenge that this Government is going to have going forward is getting a good negotiation with the EU.
“It is going to dictate whether we have a strong economy whether we can pay good wages to our public servants and support our public services.
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“Theresa May has the support of her team, she has the support of whoever becomes her MPs.
“Jeremy Corbyn has had a no confidence vote against him which four out of five of his MPs wouldn’t support him on, how can he go in to negotiate with 27 different countries with such a weak team and weak support behind him.
“Theresa May will be able to deliver for us… she knows how to negotiate and to deliver for the European Union. She will be the right leader for us.”
The Shadow Home Secretary, Ms Abbott has come under scrutiny in the General Election campaign after a series of blunders.
The TV election debate – in pictures Wed, May 31, 2017
The televised debate saw Jeremy Corbyn, Amber Rudd, Paul Nuttall, Caroline Lucas, Angus Robertson, Tim Farron and Leanne Wood go toe-to-toe
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The politicians taking part in the debate
Mr Corbyn snapped back insisting he was supported by the Labour Party.
He replied: “300,000 people elected me to lead this party and I am very proud to lead this party.”
A YouGov projection has suggested the Conservatives will lose their outright majority clinched by David Cameron in 2015 in the upcoming June 8 election.
The YouGov prediction would leave Mrs May with 310 MPs – 20 fewer than at the time of dissolution of the last Parliament – while Labour are set to surge from 229 to 257 MPs on June 8 election, a gain of 28 seats in the Commons.