The White House defended on Thursday the widely censored retweets of President Trump that purport to show the violence committed by Muslims.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that whether the inflammatory videos are real or not, "the threat is real."
"I'm not talking about the nature of the video," he told reporters. in the White House. "I think you're focusing on the wrong, the threat is real and that's what the president is talking about."
Sanders said the videos underscore the need for Trump's push to bolster national security and secure the nation's borders.
"Those are very real things, there's nothing false about that," he said.
Trump retweeted videos published by Jayda Fransen, a leader of the far-right organization Britain First. The group is considered a marginal entity in the United Kingdom and Fransen has been convicted of a hate crime.
The tweets triggered a mbadive reaction against the president on both sides of the Atlantic.
EE. UU Civil rights leaders accused Trump of stoking anti-Muslim sentiment and the British government condemned the tweets.
"The British overwhelmingly reject the prejudicial rhetoric of the far right, which is the antithesis of the values that this country represents: decency, tolerance and respect," British Prime Minister Theresa May's office said in a statement. wrong that the president has done this. "
The Council of Islamic-American Relations also condemned the tweets. The group's executive director, Nihad Awad, said Trump is "clearly telling members of his base that they should hate Islam and Muslims."
"Trump's messages amount to incitement to violence against American Muslims," he said. "Their actions must be condemned by all American political and religious leaders, regardless of their party or faith."
Fransen's first tweet read: "VIDEO: The Islamist Mafia pushes the teenager out of the ceiling and hits him to death!"
"VIDEO: The Muslim destroys a statue of the Virgin Mary!", Said another. "VIDEO: Muslim migrant hits the Dutch child with crutches," said a third.
Videos have not been authenticated independently.