Piers Morgan, who interviewed the US President, tweeted Trump had "publicly apologised for retweeting far-right group Britain First".
"Radical Islamic terror, whether you like talking about it or not, you look at what's going on in the United Kingdom, you look at what's going on all over the world", he told Good Morning Britain's Piers Morgan. "I don't want to be involved with people... but you're telling me about these people, 'cause I know nothing about these people", Trump said.
At the time, United Kingdom opposition lawmaker Chuka Umunna accused Trump of "normalizing hatred" and London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the views of a "vile, hate-fueled organization" should be "condemned not amplified". "But you're telling me about these people 'cause I know nothing about these people".
After Morgan told Trump that he wanted the British people to get to know "the real you", and suggested that an apology "would go a long way", the president stammered out something less than contrition.
"I am a big believer in fighting radical, Islamic terror".
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.
Morgan, a longtime friend of Trump's, was showered with praise and rebukes on social media following the interview scoop.
British Prime Minister Theresa May even publicly condemned the president.
Morgan wasted no time in asking Trump about an incident past year in which the POTUS shared videos from a far-right British anti-Muslim party.
He did, however, say that Trump was reluctant to apologize, the Daily Mail reports.
Most importantly, however, Trump argued that he could not be held responsible for promoting the hate-filled views of the British extremists he had boosted on Twitter because he had no way of knowing that the obviously racist tweets he had chosen to share had been posted by racists. "And so you're asking me a question that I'm supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about".
His chat with Morgan was the first global TV interview with Donald Trump since he took office.
"I support her, I support a lot of what she does and I support you militarily very much", he told Morgan.
'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 global television interview since taking office and will air on Sunday.
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