U.S. President Donald Trump said that he would apologize for retweeting anti-Muslim videos originally posted by a leader of a British far-right fringe group.
Speaking to ITV's Good Morning Britain show aired on January 26, Trump said that he had not intended to cause offense in Britain by sharing the videos. http://www.itv.com/goodmorningbritain
Trump said he “knew nothing” about the group and that his retweet was not an endorsement.
Trump, who has more than 47 million followers, sparked outrage in Britain when he retweeted the anti-Muslim videos a last November.
When pressed by the morning show host on whether he would apologize for his retweet, Trump 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.”
"I know nothing about them. I don’t want to be involved with people, but you’re telling me about these people because I know nothing about these people,” Trump said.
The three videos were initially posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First who was in 2016 convicted of religiously aggravated harassment of a Muslim woman.
Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, itv.com