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Donald Trump apologizes for retweeting far-right British group

27 January 2018

US President Donald Trump has said he is prepared to apologise for retweeting inflammatory videos by the far-right Britain First group.

"If you are telling me they're horrible people, horrible, racist people, I would certainly apologise if you'd like me to do that", Trump told ITV Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan in an interview in Davos, Switzerland.

In an interview with Piers Morgan - who is friends with the president - Trump said he did not want to cause "any difficulty" for the United Kingdom but stopped short of directly saying sorry.

When pressed on whether he would apologise for his retweet, Trump said that if the group was made up of racists then he would. "I know nothing about them and I know nothing about them today other than I read a little bit", he said. "Certainly, I wasn't endorsing anybody", he added. Perhaps it was a big story in the U.K., but in the United States it wasn't a big story. "I am the least racist person that anybody is going to meet".

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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 the interview, Trump said he knew nothing about the Britain First-a group accused of inciting violence and whose leader, Jayda Fransen is on trial for inciting hate in Great Britian-when he retweeted three videos that included titles like, "VIDEO: Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!"

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

While Morgan engaged in some creative editing of the president's remarks to characterize them as an apology, the whole exchange closely echoed Trump's weird attempt, in early 2016, to claim that he had never heard of American white supremacists like David Duke or the Ku Klux Klan. London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for Prime Minister May to withdraw her offer for Trump to make a state visit. 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'.

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He did, however, say that Trump was reluctant to apologize, the Daily Mail reports. "They cause anxiety to law-abiding people".

In his interview with Trump, Morgan said that the videos were unverified and that at least one of them was "not what it seemed".

He said past year: 'I genuinely like him.

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Donald Trump apologizes for retweeting far-right British group