President Donald Trump said Friday that he was ready to apologize for retweeting anti-Muslim videos from an ultranationalist British group, and he reiterated his assertions that he is not a racist.
In an interview with the “Good Morning Britain” television program, Trump was pressed by Piers Morgan, the presenter, about his November retweet of three videos by a far-right fringe party called Britain First. The retweets caused outrage in Britain and brought a rare rebuke from Prime Minister Theresa May, who described the president’s posts as “wrong.”
Trump said repeatedly Friday that he knew “nothing” about the group’s politics. He said the tweets showed his concern over the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.
“If you are telling me they’re horrible people, horrible, racist people, I would certainly apologize if you’d like me to do that,” the president told the ITV broadcaster.
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