US President Donald Trump retweeted three videos posted by a British far-right nationalist group, causing Downing Street to take a break from the “special relationship.”
The US President retweeted the deputy leader of the far-right group “Britain First,” founded in 2011 as a successor to the neo-fascist British National Party (BNP).
The deputy leader of Britain First, Jayda Fransen, posted alleged “crimes” by Muslims in Europe. The Dutch police has questioned whether the people in these videos committing a series of crimes are indeed Muslim, the Guardian reports.
Fransen told Reuters that she is “delighted” with President Trump’s retweets, which show his “awareness” of the dangers of Islam. Mr Trump has given the far-right nationalist an audience of 43,6 million followers, compared to the 53,000 of her own.
Theresa May’s spokesman and pointed out that “Britain First” is a hate group intended to “stoke tensions.” The spokesman also noted that its was “wrong” for Donald Trump to retweet the messages of this group. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and the Minister for Communities Sajid Javid also noted Mr. Trump was wrong.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby went one step further and found Trump’s retweets “deeply disturbing,” the BBC reports.
This is not the first time President Trump intervenes in British affairs, starting with his attacks against Mayor Sadiq Khan, hours after a terrorist attack in London.
The White House responded that the issue at hand is not the content of the videos posted but the “real threat” the President is signalling out.