Did Trump Just Apologize For Anti-Muslim Tweet?

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President Donald Trump sat down with Piers Morgan in Davos last night for an exclusive interview, and he apologized for retweeting a string of virulent anti-Muslim videos from a far-right British political party.

'Here's what's fair, if you're telling me they're terrible people, awful racist people I would certainly apologise if you would like me to do that.

But pressed for an apology by Morgan, he said: "I don't want to cause any difficulty for your country". "But you're telling me about these people 'cause I know nothing about these people".

'Certainly I wasn't endorsing anybody.

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

"I know nothing about them", Trump told Morgan, who characterized Britain First as "basically a bunch of racists, fascists".

"I am a big believer in fighting radical, Islamic terror".

Trump tweeted a succession of Islamaphobic videos from the Deputy Leader of Britain First in November in a move that was condemned by World leaders, including Theresa May.

During the 2016 presidential race, Trump campaigned for "a total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the United States on the pretext of preventing terrorist attacks. London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for Prime Minister May to withdraw her offer for Trump to make a state visit.

Donald Trump's offer to apologise for retweeting propaganda from a British far-right group and his claim not to know anything about them is part of a curious pattern of behaviour.

Above the fold on the front of the New York Times that day, a headline read, "Trump sets off furor in sharing extremist videos".

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.

Britain First has used social media to spread anti-immigrant messages, posting videos of their provocative stunts on YouTube and Facebook.

"I support her, I support a lot of what she does and a lot of what she says and I support you militarily very much".

"I don't care" about potential protesters, Trump told Morgan in the morning show interview. "I know nothing about them so I wouldn't be doing that".

'We will come to your defence if anything should happen, which hopefully will never happen.

The piece with, a known supporter of, is the president's first worldwide television interview since taking office and will air on Sunday. "But I am a tremendous supporter of the United Kingdom".

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