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Updated: 21.15

The British government has said it was "wrong" for US President Donald Trump to share anti-Muslim videos posted online by a far-right group.

He has been widely criticised after retweeting three posts by the deputy leader of 'Britain First', Jayda Fransen, to his 43.6 million followers.

Responding to Mr Trump's actions, British Prime Minister Theresa May's official spokesman said: "It is wrong for the president to have done this.

"Britain First seeks to divide communities through their use of hateful narratives which peddles lies and stokes tensions.

"The British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudice of Britain First that is the antithesis of the values of our country."

While the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called them a "divisive, hateful group".

One unverified clip - which was retweeted from Mr Trump's account with no comment - was initially posted by Fransen claiming to show a Muslim migrant beating up a boy on crutches.

Another claimed to show a Muslim destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary.

They came amid a number of other early morning tweets from the US president - which included yet another attack on CNN.

In an all capitalised response to the retweets, Britain First said: "Donald Trump himself has retweeted these videos and has around 44 million followers! God bless you Trump! God bless America!"

Britain First is a far-right nationalist group, known for its anti-Islam and anti-immigration views.

Fransen (31) has faced a number of legal issues. Last year she was found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment "after hurling abuse at a Muslim woman wearing a hijab", The Guardian reports.

The retweets were quickly condemned by a number of commentators - with writer Shaun King describing them as "dangerous":

Additional reporting: Jack Quann and IRN


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