A video retweeted by Donald Trump of a Muslim migrant beating up a boy on crutches was dismissed as fake news by police in the Netherlands.
A spokeswoman said the attacker in the video is a Dutch national – and not an immigrant as claimed by British nationalists.
The video is six months old and was filmed in Monnickendam, ten miles north of Amsterdam, they said.
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf quoted sources as saying that the perpetrator is “not a Muslim, let alone a migrant, but just a Dutchman.”
President Trump retweeted three videos that purportedly showed “Muslims” doing bad deeds, which were initially posted by far-right Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen, who has been convicted of hate crimes.
Trump posted footage of a Muslim man “destroying a statue of Virgin Mary” – and a video apparently showing an Islamist mob pushing teenage boy off a roof and beating him to death.
Both videos are at least five years old.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s official spokesman said Britain First sought to divide communities through its use of “hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions.”
“It is wrong for the president to have done this,” the spokesman said.
Despite the slapdown, May’s spokesman made clear that the controversial invitation for the president to make a state visit to the U.K., made when Theresa May met Trump in Washington in January, still stood.
There have been claims that Trump has been dragging his heels on agreeing on a date because he does not want to face protests – after more than 1.8 million people signed a petition demanding the visit be canceled.
This article has been adapted from its original source.