Gillibrand hits Trump over white nationalism comments and x27 . We have to be better than this an Democratic presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand, D N.Y., slammed President Trump on Friday for saying he didnt think white nationalism was a rising threat across the globe, in the wake of a mass that left 49 dead. I dont really. I think it andapos;s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems,” Trump said in the Oval Office when asked by a reporter if he believed that white nationalism was a growing global threat. I guess if you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps thats the case. I dont know enough about it yet. They andapos;re just learning about the person and the people involved,” he said. But it andapos;s certainly a terrible thing. Terrible thing.” Those remarks brought a strong reaction from Gillibrand, who accused Trump of covering for white supremacists and racist terrorists.” Time and time again, this president has embraced and emboldened white supremacists and instead of condemning racist terrorists, he covers for them,” she tweeted. This isn andapos;t normal or acceptable. We have to be better than this.” The world reacted with horror on Friday , allegedly carried out by a white nationalist during prayer services at two mosques. The attack left 49 dead and many more injured. Trump, like many other world leaders, sent his condolences to the people of New Zealand. On Friday afternoon he spoke to that nation andapos;s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. I told the prime minister that the United States is with them all the way, a hundred percent,” Trump said in the Oval Office. Whatever they need, we will be there. New Zealand has been a great friend and partner for many years. Our relationship has never been better. And what they andapos;re going through is absolutely terrible.” Fox News andapos; Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2019 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.