Donald Trump's anti-Muslim video retweets spark diplomatic incident

President Trump tagged the wrong Theresa May on Twitter Wednesday

President Trump tagged the wrong Theresa May on Twitter Wednesday

Some MPs demanded a word of condemnation from the United Kingdom home secretary, while others wanted Trump's invitation rescinded.

"President Trump has infected the Republican Party", said Awad, who asked Republicans not to "sit idly by while this injustice continues".

Sky News quoted a government source as saying the visit would be kicked into the long grass and added: "The grass has just got as long as the grass can get for him".

"It is wrong for the president to have done this", said a spokesperson from the office of Theresa May, adding that Britain First is a group that spins "hate-filled narratives to peddle lies and stoke tensions".

He added: "It is wrong for the President to have done this".

Brendan Cox, husband to slain Labour MP Jo Cox, was much more critical, accusing the president of legitimizing the "far right".

Trump's decision to retweet something from such a violent and far-right group was so unpopular it was also denounced by some of Trump's supporters. "Spreading hatred has consequences & the President should be ashamed of himself".

At the time of the tweet Scrivener had six followers
At the time of the tweet Scrivener had six followers

Ms Fransen, who faces two separate trials for religiously aggravated harassment and for using threatening and abusive language, posted on twitter in capital letters: "The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has retweeted three of Deputy Leader Jayda Fransen's Twitter videos!"

One of the posts retweeted by Trump showed video purporting to be of an atrocity by Islamic extremists, a second the destruction of a statue of the Virgin Mary, and the third an attack on a Dutch teenager on crutches, allegedly by Muslim immigrants.

Trump's spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, declared that the facts did not matter, and that even if the description of the video being disseminated by right-wing extremists and Trump was false, "the threat is real".

Americans are "shocked but not surprised" by the president's actions, said the Council on American-Islamic Relations' national executive director, Nihad Awad, remarking on Trump's Wednesday morning (Nov. 29) retweets.

But she faced an immediate backlash from MPs of all parties and Commons Speaker John Bercow indicated that he would not be invited to address Parliament.

Sanders told reporters she doesn't know how the videos got in front of Trump but at the same time didn't answer whether they were real.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the postings were "abhorrent, unsafe and a threat to our society", while the London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: "Britain First is a vile, hate-fuelled organisation whose views should be condemned, not amplified".

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