Trump ready to apologize over Britain First retweets
27 January, 2018, 20:23 | Author: Raquel Nash
Donald Trump has apologised for re-tweeting Britain First - but insists he is not a racist.
"If you're telling me these are terrible people, disgusting racist people, I would certainly apologize if you'd like me to do that", said.
"I don't want to cause any difficulty for your country", Trump said in his interview with ITV's Piers Morgan.
". I didn't do it, I didn't go out, I did a retweet". Perhaps it was a big story in the UK, but in the United States it wasn't a big story.
"I know nothing about them", Trump told Morgan, who characterized Britain First as "basically a bunch of racists, fascists".
Asked if he regretted retweeting the anti-Muslim videos, Trump told the British journalist: "It was done because I am a big believer in fighting radical Islamic terror". I don't want to be involved with [these] people, but you're telling me about these people because I know nothing about these people'.
The three videos (now deleted from Twitter) that Trump retweeted were titled, "Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!", "Muslim destroys a statue of Virgin Mary!" and "Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!"
The US President was condemned by several noted individuals, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, for the shared tweets.
When Morgan then helpfully handed Trump his next line, "And you would disavow yourself of people like that", Trump returned again to his main point.
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Britain First has used social media to spread anti-immigrant messages, posting videos of their provocative stunts on YouTube and Facebook.
In his interview with Trump, Morgan said that the videos were unverified and that at least one of them was "not what it seemed". Even Fox News host Laura Ingraham, one of Trump's staunchest defenders, brought them up when interviewing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on the night of November 29.
"Says the world's biggest liar and self-appointed "least" racist person you'll ever meet", added another about Trump's responses. "I am a tremendous supporter of the United Kingdom".
Although his press secretary defended the tweets at the time, the President has told Piers Morgan that he is ready to apologise in an exclusive interview to be aired this weekend.
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