Both candidates to be the UK’s next PM have condemned tweets by Donald Trump which called on several Democratic congresswomen of colour to “go back”.
During a head-to-head debate run by The Sun, Jeremy Hunt called the language “totally offensive”, while Boris Johnson said it was “unacceptable”.
But neither would go as far as branding the US president’s comments racist.
Mr Trump said the women “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe”.
He faced a backlash for the series of tweets on Sunday aimed at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley – who were all born in the US – and Ilhan Omar – who went to the US as a child refugee when she was 12.
His remarks were widely condemned as racist, and as having gone beyond previous statements and actions by the president that drew allegations of racism.
But Mr Trump doubled down on his comments on Monday, accusing the congresswomen of “hating our country”.
Earlier, he also launched another Twitter tirade, calling on the women themselves to apologise.