Donald Trump has apologised for sharing a series of Britain First tweets in an interview with Piers Morgan.
In his first ever international broadcast interview to Good Morning Britain, the POTUS apologised for retweeting anti-Muslim videos posted by far-right group Britain First in November last year.
During the interview, which will be aired this Sunday, Trump said: ‘I know nothing about them and I know nothing about them today. Other than I read a little bit.
‘I guess, again I’m in the United States, so I didn’t read as much about it, perhaps it was a big story in Britain, perhaps it was a bit story in the UK.
‘But in the United States it wasn’t a big story. I did a retweet. When you do your own tweeting, or you do your own social media, it’s fine.
‘When you do those retweets it can cause problems, because you never know who’s doing it to start off with.’
When asked by host Piers Morgan if he is effectively endorsing racists, Trump said: ‘I don’t know who they are, I know nothing about them, so I wouldn’t be doing that. I am, as I say often, the least racist person that anybody’s going to meet.
He said he had made the retweets because he was concerned about the threat posed by radical Islamic extremists.
‘They had a couple of depictions of radical Islamic terror. It was done because I am a big believer in fighting radical Islamic terror. This was a depiction of radical Islamic terror,’ he said.
Mr Trump caused outrage in Britain when he posted the three tweets last November, prompting Prime Minister Theresa May to say he was ‘wrong’ to have done so.
The president subsequently pulled out of an expected visit to Britain to open the new US embassy building in London, leading to speculation of a diplomatic rift.
However, after meeting Mrs May at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, he insisted that relations were in good shape.
‘We actually have a very good relationship, although a lot of people think we don’t,’ he told Good Morning Britain.
‘I support her, I support a lot of what she does and a lot of what she says.’
Following the meeting, officials said Mr Trump would be making his first visit to the UK as US president later this year.
It appears likely, however, that the trip will not be the full state occasion to which Mr Trump was invited by Mrs May, but a lower-key working visit.
Mr Trump’s appearance in the UK is not expected until the second half of 2018 – and is likely to be met by protests.
Downing Street said: ‘The PM and president concluded by asking officials to work together on finalising the details of a visit by the president to the UK later this year.’
During their 40-minute meeting in Davos, Mrs May also raised the issue of aircraft manufacturer Bombardier, which has a major plant in Northern Ireland and is at the centre of a US trade dispute.
The Piers Morgan Interview with President Trump will air on Sunday 28th January at 10pm on ITV.