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Trump apologizes for retweeting anti-Muslim videos

27 January 2018

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.

The US president told Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan that he "knows nothing" about the organisation and was driven by his belief in fighting radical Islamic terror.

Morgan accused Trump of causing "huge anxiety and anger in my country, because Britain First is basically a bunch of racists, fascists".

Afterward, Morgan - a man who is publicly critical of Trump yet remains a longtime friend - said that while Trump was reluctant to apologize, he believes Trump's comments were genuine.

'I don't know who they are, I know nothing about them, so I wouldn't be doing that. Perhaps it was a big story in the UK, but in the United States it wasn't a big story.

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"He didn't apologize, he said, 'If what you're telling me is that they are racists, I would be prepared to apologize, ' - which isn't exactly an apology", said Golding.

Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump said he knew nothing about Britain First, a fringe group which opposes what it calls the "Islamization" of the U.K. The president added that he was not endorsing the group.

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.

The retweets caused British Prime Minister Theresa May to put out a statement saying, "It is wrong for the president to have done this", which Trump later responded to on Twitter, as he is wont to do. Even Fox News host Laura Ingraham, one of Trump's staunchest defenders, brought them up when interviewing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on the night of November 29.

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

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"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 am a tremendous supporter of the United Kingdom".

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

The piece with, a known supporter of, is the president's first global television interview since taking office and will air on Sunday.

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Trump apologizes for retweeting anti-Muslim videos