Trump’s Muslim retweets draw fire from US and abroad
WASHINGTON » President Donald Trump retweeted inflammatory videos from a fringe British political group Wednesday that purported to show violence being committed by Muslims, drawing quick condemnation from civil rights groups as well as a spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May.
Trump retweeted videos from Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First, a far-right British group whose profile was elevated by Trump’s attention. May spokesman James Slack said Britain First seeks to divide communities through its use of “hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions.” He said “it is wrong for the president to have done this.”
May’s office said an invitation for Trump to visit was not withdrawn.
Trump did not offer any explanation for the retweets. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended his early-morning posts, saying he wants to “promote strong borders and strong national security.”