Trump’s Mus­lim retweets draw fire from US and abroad

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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.”

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