But in a "Good Morning Britain" interview with Piers Morgan during his trip to Davos this week, Trump apparently apologized after all. "I thought it was an interesting exchange, I don't think he really wanted to go to the point of apology", said Morgan. "I certainly apologize", Morgan tweeted that the president said. "I know nothing about them (Britain First), I know nothing about them today, other than I read a little bit".
Trump's misrepresentation of press coverage could be explained by his allergy to saying "sorry", but it is worth remembering that "I know nothing about these people" is a near-exact repetition of a line he delivered in February 2016 when declining to reject the endorsement of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and white-supremacist groups. Perhaps it was a big story in the UK, but in the United States it wasn't a big story. "If you're telling me these are frightful people, disgusting racist people, I would certainly apologize if you'd like me to do that".
Trump said that he retweeted the videos because he is a "big believer in fighting Islamic terror". Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, tweeted that "Britain First is a vile, hate-fuelled organisation whose views should be condemned, not amplified" and called on May to "cancel her ill-judged offer of a state visit to President Trump". When you do your own tweeting, or you do your own social media, it's fine.
"I can tell you I have a very good relationship with your Prime Minister", Trump said. "I know nothing about white supremacists".
He did, however, say that Trump was reluctant to apologize, the Daily Mail reports. "You wouldn't want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about".
The president caused widespread outrage in the United Kingdom and prompted a rare rebuke from British Prime Minister Theresa May in November after he shared the videos, which purported to show violent acts committed by Islamic extremists. "We will come to your defense should anything happen, which hopefully will never happen".
His chat with Morgan was the first worldwide TV interview with Donald Trump since he took office. He had discussed Duke in multiple interviews over the years, calling him "a bigot, a racist, a problem".
The full interview will air on ITV on Sunday evening.