On the Christchurch mass shooting incident of 15 Mar 2019 – Did US President Donald Trump deny that the problem of right-wing extremism was widespread?

By March 16, 2019 February 24th, 2020 International Politics

This is true.

On 16 March 2019, Agence France Presse published an article relating to the NZ Mass Shooting incident of 15 March 2019. A copy is accessible in the link below.

The article stated amongst other things that:

“US President Donald Trump condemned the “horrible massacre” in which “innocent people have so senselessly died”, but denied that the problem of right-wing extremism was widespread.”

The above statement appears to have been made based on a Twitter post from the US President’s Twitter account.

The denial given by President Trump, however, was reported in a media interview with the President in the Oval Office. He is reported to have said:

“I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess. If you look what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that’s the case. I don’t know enough about it yet…But it’s certainly a terrible thing.”

See more reports here and here.

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