March 15, 2019 / 8:18 PM / in 9 days

Trump says he does not see white nationalism rising

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he does not see a rise in white nationalism but it may be an issue in New Zealand, where a gunman who is believed to espouse those views killed 49 people at two mosques.

Asked by a reporter if he sees an increase in white nationalism, Trump said: “I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people.”

Trump also said he had not seen a manifesto in which the suspected gunman denounced immigrants and praised Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by David Alexander

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