British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to retweet several misleading anti-Muslim videos from a far-right British political party operative.
May said the group, Britain First, “seeks to divide communities in the use of hateful narratives which pedal lies and stoke tensions.”
“British people overwhelming reject the prejudice rhetoric of the far-right, which is the antithesis of the values that this country represents; decency, tolerance and respect,” May said. “It is wrong for the president to have done this.”
Trump, true to his nature, responded to her statement via Twitter on Wednesday night.
“@Theresa_May, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!” Trump tweeted.
.@Theresa_May, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2017
According to The Hill, Trump included the wrong Theresa May in his original tweet, mistaking another user for the Prime Minister’s official handle.
oh no, poor Theresa pic.twitter.com/zs5OA2GNP1
— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) November 30, 2017
The White House has stood by Trump’s decision to retweet the videos — which were proven to not include Muslims at all, or conflated political unrest and crime with religious extremism — by saying essentially that the facts of the videos didn’t matter as much as the intent behind sharing them.
“I’m not talking about the nature of the video,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. “I think you’re focusing on the wrong thing. The threat is real and that is what the president is talking about.”
Britain First has a documented history of distributing misleading for fake media to advance its ultranationalist agenda. Trump, who loves to call reports he doesn’t like “fake news,” spent the day retweeting fake news and then defending it.