March 15, 2019 / 8:21 PM / 10 days ago

Trump says he does not see white nationalism rising

Police officers respond following shooting at Linwood in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Video obtained by Reuters/ via REUTERS

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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