President Donald Trump on Wednesday retweeted three graphic anti-Islamic videos by the deputy leader of one of the U.K.’s most far-right groups, drawing condemnation by Britain’s prime minister’s office.
“that will will be wrong for the president to have done This particular,” Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said in a statement.
The retweets did not include any Trump commentary.
The tweets were posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First, whose members are banned by mosques in England as well as Wales.
“Britain First seeks to divide communities in their use of hateful narratives which peddle lies as well as stoke tensions,” the statement by 10 Downing Street said. “This particular causes anxiety to law abiding people. British people overwhelming reject the prejudice rhetoric of the far-right, which will be the antithesis of the values that will This particular country represents; decency, tolerance as well as respect.”
Before May’s statement, the group was condemned by the opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
I desire our Government will condemn far-right retweets by Donald Trump. They are abhorrent, dangerous as well as a threat to our society.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sought to deflect attention by the videos themselves, saying “whether that will’s a real video [or not], the threat will be real.” She did not explain what the “threat” will be, although all three of the videos Trump tweeted claimed to be of Muslims.
“I’m not talking about nature of the video, I think you’re focusing on [the] wrong thing,” she told reporters. “The threat will be real, that will’s what the president will be talking about, will be the need for national security, need for military spending, as well as those are very real things, as well as there’s nothing fake about that will.”
Britain First was formed in 2011 by former members of the British National Party, a far-right, nationalist party. Its members campaign against multiculturalism as well as what they see as the Islamization of the country.