Donald Trump apologises for retweeting anti-Muslim hate videos from Britain First

Joy Montgomery
January 29, 2018

"There's a little bit of a false rumour out there", Donald Trump told reporters in Davos yesterday.

US President Donald Trump said Friday he would apologize for retweeting a series of posts by a United Kingdom far-right group, saying he didn't know who they were at the time.

When Morgan pressed for an apology, or for Trump to express regret, the USA president replied: "It was done because I am a big believer in fighting radical Islamic terror".

Mr Trump said he did not mean to endorse "horrible, racist people" and that his re-tweeting of Britain First had not been a big story in the US. Trump also faced criticism for the retweets from Republican lawmakers in the US and from British Prime Minister Theresa May, who said that the British group "seeks to divide communities through their use of hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions".

The leaders met at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday, where Trump said rumors of the pair not getting along are false.

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So, to recap: Trump is maybe sorry for retweeting content from a racist anti-Muslim political party - but he's not sorry for what he actually shared: their unverified and in at least one case demonstrably fake videos depicting Muslims as brutal and violent.

"Perhaps it was a big story in the UK, but in the United States it wasn't a big story", Trump added.

Above the fold on the front of the New York Times that day, a headline read, "Trump sets off furor in sharing extremist videos". Dutch authorities said the assailant was actually born and raised in the Netherlands and was punished under Dutch law. Fransen claimed the videos showed an Islamist gang beating a teenage boy to death, a Muslim destroying a Christian statue, and a Muslim migrant beating a Dutch boy on crutches.

"Of course I didn't know that", the president responded. "I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists, so, I don't know...." We are doing just fine!

During the interview, which will air on Sunday, Jan. 28, Trump also said he has a very good relationship with Prime Minister May despite what people think.

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