Trump apologizes for retweets that strained relations with U.K.

  26 January 2018    Read: 1221
Trump apologizes for retweets that strained relations with U.K.

President Donald Trump apologized on Friday for retweeting anti-Muslim videos posted by a British political activist two months ago, a social media misstep that hurt U.S. relations with the U.K.

Retweets can “cause problems,” Trump said in an interview taped in Davos, Switzerland, with Piers Morgan of the U.K.’s ITV channel. Morgan showed excerpts Friday on “Good Morning Britain.” The network will broadcast the interview in full on Sunday.

“I don’t want to be involved with these people. If you’re telling me they’re horrible racist people, I certainly apologize,” Trump told Morgan, a former contestant on his NBC show “The Apprentice.”

In November Trump retweeted a series of Twitter posts by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of a British nationalist movement. The retweets drew a rebuke from U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, and Trump responded by admonishing her on Twitter to mind her own business.

The two leaders met Thursday in Davos, where Trump called it a “false rumor” that they hadn’t gotten along.

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