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Trump's quasi-apology for retweeting anti-Muslim videos is anything but

Trump's quasi-apology for retweeting anti-Muslim videos is anything but

Far from expressing regret, or taking any responsibility for his role in helping to promote the hateful ideology of the racist group Britain First, Trump offered a variety of excuses.

Trump said he "would certainly apologize" - framing his mea culpa as a hypothetical - "if you're telling me they're horrible people, horrible, racist people".

Trump said "I don't want to cause any difficulty for your country" when Morgan pressed him on whether he would apologize. "I certainly apologize", Morgan tweeted that the president said. "I know nothing about them and I know nothing about them today other than I read a little bit", he said. Now, consider Trump's response in 2016 to being asked to publicly condemn the KKK and Duke, after the latter endorsed his presidential bid: "I don't know anything about David Duke".

"It was a big story where you are", Trump told Morgan, "but it was not a big story where I am".

"I am often the least racist person that anybody is going to meet".

Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump said he knew nothing about Britain First, a fringe group which opposes what it calls the "Islamization" of the U.K. The president added that he was not endorsing the group. 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 incident caused a huge headache for British Prime Minister Theresa May, who said that Trump was "wrong" to send out the 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.

Morgan, a longtime friend of Trump's, was showered with praise and rebukes on social media following the interview scoop.

His chat with Morgan was the first worldwide TV interview with Donald Trump since he took office. The videos, which are unverified, showed Muslims attacking people and smashing a statue of the Virgin Mary. explained to Mr. Moran that he did not know the group was affiliated with radical and racist views. "We will come to your defense should anything happen, which hopefully will never happen".

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. "I am a tremendous supporter of the United Kingdom".


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