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Trump Says He Would Apologize for Sharing UK Far-Right Group's Videos if Asked

© AP Photo / Evan VucciPresident Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the World Economic Forum
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the World Economic Forum - Sputnik International
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Trump said that he was the "least racist person that anybody's going to meet" and that his retweet was not an endorsement.

In an interview with ITV, US President Donald Trump said that he would apologize for sharing videos originally posted by a leader of a UK far-right group if asked to.

The president, who came under criticism in the UK, with Prime Minister Theresa May also voicing concern over the repost, said, "Here’s what’s fair, if you’re telling me they’re horrible people, horrible racist people I would certainly apologize if you would like me to do that."

ITV host accused Trump of causing "huge anxiety and anger in my country, because Britain First is basically a bunch of racists, fascists," prompting the US president's response that "of course" he didn't know that.

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He explained that he knows "nothing" about Britain First, "I know nothing about them today, other than I read a little bit."

"Certainly I wasn't endorsing anybody. Perhaps it was a big story in the UK, but in the United States it wasn't a big story. I am the least racist person that anybody is going to meet," he added.

Jayda Fransen, acting leader of the far-right organisation Britain First marches in central London - Sputnik International
Account of Right-Wing British Leader Retweeted by Trump Suspended - Twitter
In November, Trump came under fire for retweeting videos originally published by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the UK's far-right Britain First movement. 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. Trump's retweets provoked criticism from many in the UK, as well as US politicians and public figures.

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Asked about Trump's Twitter posts, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the threat depicted in the videos was real, even if the videos themselves could not be verified. Sanders said by reposting the videos, Trump aimed at promoting strong border security and national security.

Office of Theresa May has described the retweets as "wrong."

Later, the Twitter account of Jayda Fransen has been suspended by the tech giant.

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