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Did Trump Just Apologize For Anti-Muslim Tweet?

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President Donald Trump may have just apologized for retweeting what many called anti-Muslim posts from far-right group Britain First.

In November 2017, the president sparked controversy after he shared three unverified videos tweeted by British nationalist Jayda Fransen, who has been convicted of hate crimes, reports ITV.

"Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches" and "Islamic mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death" were just two of the videos' captions, while another showed a Muslim man destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary.

As Britain First has been accused of often posting unverified and fake racist posts, the shares sparked international outrage. British Prime Minister Theresa May even publicly condemned the president.

Yet now, in an interview with ITV’s "Good Morning Britain," presenter Piers Morgan claims the president apologized.

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Trump explains he did not know who Britain First was when he shared their posts, while adding he is the "least racist person you'll ever meet."

"If you're telling me they're horrible people, horrible racist people I would certainly apologize if you would like me to do that," said Trump after Morgan asked if he regrets sharing the tweets posted by "racist, fascist" people. "I know nothing about them. I don't want to be involved with [these] people, but you're telling me about these people because I know nothing about these people."

Trump even offered a reason as to why he shared the posts.

"Look, it was done because I am a big believer in fighting radical Islamic terror," he explained. "This was a depiction of radical Islamic terror."

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.

He did, however, say that Trump was reluctant to apologize, the Daily Mail reports.

"I think that is a significant climb down by the president. I thought it was an interesting exchange, I don't think he really wanted to go to the point of apology," said Morgan. "But I kept pushing him and eventually we did get there."

But not everybody agrees. Many called it a half-hearted apology, if it even is one.

"Heartfelt," tweeted one social media user.

"Says the world's biggest liar and self-appointed 'least' racist person you’ll ever meet," added another about Trump's responses.

Even Britain First leader Paul Golding didn't think Trump truly said he was sorry.

"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.

Sources: ITV (2), Daily MailTwitter (2) / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Pete Souza via Wikimedia Commons, The White House via Wikimedia Commons

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