Trump denies rising threat from white nationalism in wake of Christchurch mosque atrocity The Inde

Trump denies rising threat from white nationalism in wake of Christchurch mosque atrocity The Inde


Trump denies rising threat from white nationalism in wake of Christchurch mosque atrocity The Inde Try Independent Minds free for 1 month I think its a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, says US president has said he does not see as a rising global threat, after 49 people were killed in a racist attack on two mosques in . Speaking to journalists following the shootings in , the US president claimed white supremacists were a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. has sparked renewed warnings about the growing threat of neo Nazism, and followeddeadly far right attacks in the the US, the UKand elsewhere in Europe in recent years. Asked by a reporter on Friday if he saw white nationalism as a rising threat around the world, Mr Trump replied: I dont really. I think its a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. I guess, if you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps thats a case. I dont know enough about it yet. They are just learning about the person and the people involved. But its certainly a terrible thing. The suspect charged over the Christchurch attackis in Europe and Asia.Brenton Tarrantis thought to have met with extreme right wing organisations in Europe two years ago, according to security sources. In a self styled manifesto published online, the 28 year old said he had been inspired by white supremacist terroristAnders Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway in 2011. He also referenced DylannRoof, who shot dead nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015 in a purported attempt to start a race war. Elsewhere in the 74 page document, Tarrantpraised Mr Trump as symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose. White supremacist killings in the US ,according toSouthern Poverty Law Centre SPLC , which monitors extremist violence. In a report in last month, the organisation accused the president of pushingnoxious anti immigrant and anti Muslim ideas into the public consciousness. New Zealands prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said on Saturday she did not agree with Mr Trumps assessment that white supremacism did not pose a growing threat. She added she had spoken to the US president and asked him to show “sympathy and love for all Muslim communities”. Mr Trump “acknowledged that and agreed”, she said. The president has repeatedly beenaccused of emboldening the far right during his time in the White House. On Friday, during the same press conference in which he downplayed the rise of white supremacism, he depicted immigration to the US as an “invasion”. The remark came as he to secure funds for a US Mexico border wall. During his campaign for the presidency, Mr Trump and told supporters he would look at ways to “get rid of them” from the country. In 2017, after an anti fascist activist was killed at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, he and said there were “very fine people on both sides”. Well tell you whats true. You can form your own view. At The Independent, no one tells us what to write. Thats why, in an era of political lies and Brexit bias, more readers are turning to an independent source. Subscribe from just 15p a day for extra exclusives, events andebooks – all with no ads. Only the best news in your inbox Only the best news in your inbox Register with your social account or to log in You can find our Community Guidelines in full Create a commenting name to join the debate You can find our Community Guidelines in full Create a commenting name to join the debate Enter your email to follow new comments on this article. Are you sure you want to submit this vote? Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Create a commenting name to join the debate Create a commenting name to join the debate Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Try Independent Minds free for 1 month to access this feature. Find your bookmarks in your section, under my profile

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