Britain First gets 'hundreds of membership applications' after Trump retweets

  • Britain First gets 'hundreds of membership applications' after Trump retweets

Britain First gets 'hundreds of membership applications' after Trump retweets

The president came under fire Wednesday after he retweeted three videos that had been posted by the leader of a British nationalist group purporting to show Muslims carrying out assaults, and in one case, showing a man smashing a statute of the Virgin Mary.

The Britain First deputy leader, Jayda Fransen, claimed that the sharing of her tweets amounted to an endorsement.

British lawmakers demanded that Trump make an apology for retweeting the videos, while U.S. Muslim groups said the president's action was incendiary and reckless.

The US president meant to criticise the British Prime Minister, but tweeted at a 41-year-old woman who lives on the south coast of England instead.

Attention has now turned to whether Prime Minister Theresa May will cancel Trump's planned state visit to the UK. "It is wrong for the president to have done this", her spokesperson said. "We are doing just fine!".

Trump's message was promptly deleted and reposted with the correct twitter handle, but not quickly enough for Scrivener's account - with its six followers and handful of posts - to escape notice.

Scrivener, who has just seven Twitter followers, was asleep when the tweet was sent, she told the Press Association - waking up to countless of messages bombarding her phone at 4 a.m.

"I'm just waiting for a call from the White House with an apology".

"We have to fight what I call the next generational war on terror; it's the 7- and 8-year-olds", Kinzinger added.

Speaking from her home in Bognor Regis, a seaside town 55 miles (89 km) south-west of London, she said: "It's incredible to think that the world's most powerful man managed to press the wrong button". Our profiles are completely different.