President Donald Trump may have just apologized for retweeting what many called anti-Muslim posts from far-right group Britain First. "But you're telling me about these people, because I know nothing about these people", Trump said, referring to the Britain First group.
"If you're telling me these are frightful people, disgusting racist people, I would certainly apologize if you'd like me to do that", Trump said in an excerpt released by "Good Morning Britain" on Friday.
"Here's what's fair. If you're telling me these are frightful people, awful racist people, I would certainly apologize if you would like me to do that", the president said.
As for why he pushed them out into the world, Trump said it was because he is "a big believer in fighting radical Islamic terror".
In November, Trump retweeted three videos first put on twitter by Jayda Fransen, a deputy leader of Britain First, a far-right and ultranationalist British political organization formed in 2011 by former members of the British National Party.
Donald Trump is ready to apologize for retweeting anti-Muslim videos in November, reports BBC.
But he insisted he knew "nothing about" Britain First before sharing posts by the group's deputy leader Jayda Fransen - who is, accused of using threatening, abusive or insulting words at a protest in Belfast a year ago.More news: Moscow claims UK Defence Minister has 'lost his grasp on reason'
At the time, United Kingdom opposition lawmaker Chuka Umunna accused Trump of "normalizing hatred" and London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the views of a "vile, hate-fueled organization" should be "condemned not amplified".
Morgan, a longtime friend of Trump's, was showered with praise and rebukes on social media following the interview scoop. One of the videos showed Muslims vandalizing a statue of the Virgin Mary, and another showed a young "Muslim migrant" attacking a boy on crutches. "This was a depiction of radical Islamic terror".
"I am here today to represent the interests of the American people, and to affirm America's friendship and partnership in building a better world", Trump told about 1,600 people at the forum, according to The Wall Street Journal. The president's assertion that "it was not a big story where I am" is plainly untrue.
Instead of then going on to actually offer an apology, Trump returned to excusing himself, adding, "I know nothing about them". Second, Trump said, the fact that he had taken part in the propaganda campaign of a group of British racists was hardly worth mentioning, since it "was not a big story" in the United States at the time.
"Of course I didn't know that". "But you're telling me about these people 'cause I know nothing about these people".
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.