WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump was likely unaware that he was retweeting a far-right figure in the UK when he shared anti-Islamic videos with his followers, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Thursday.
“No, I don’t believe so,” Sanders told reporters Thursday when asked if the President knew whose account he retweeted. “I think he knew what the issues are, which is we have a real threat of extreme violence and terrorism, not just in this country, but across the globe.”
In a series of early morning retweets on Wednesday, Trump shared videos purporting to show Muslims engaged in violent and disrespectful behavior.
At least one of the videos has been proven to be faked.
The videos were initially shared by Jayda Fransen, the Deputy Leader of Britain First, a fringe UK political party known for espousing ultranationalist and anti-Islamic rhetoric.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May condemned Trump’s tweets, saying it was “the wrong thing to do.”
Trump fired back at May on Twitter Thursday evening.
.@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