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Trump says media 'working overtime' to blame him for NZ massacre

Trump says media 'working overtime' to blame him for NZ massacre

"The Fake News Media is working overtime to blame me for the awful attack in New Zealand", Trump told his more than 59 million followers on Twitter.

Reacting to the shooting, Trump via Twitter stated that the media is trying to place the blame on him.

"They will have to work very hard to prove that one", he posted overnight.

"So Ridiculous!" Trump said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Mr Trump tweeted that the media "is working overtime to blame me for the frightful attack in New Zealand".

Asked Friday after the attacks whether he sees an increase in white nationalism, Trump said, "I don't really".

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Mr Trump expressed sympathy for the victims, but played down the threat of white nationalism across the world, saying he did not consider it a rising threat, despite data suggesting it was growing.

Over the weekend, several administration officials appearing on TV refuted the notion that there are any links between Trump and the attack. "For them to have to come out and say it on their own, especially after the most recent incident with this massacre in Christchurch". Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is a freshman and major proponent of a plan, named the Green New Deal, for tackling climate change. Fox offered no explanation, but Pirro's absence from the lineup followed anti-Muslim comments she directed last week toward Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., one of three Muslims in Congress, who wears a head covering known as a hijab. "I think it's a small group of people".

Mulvaney also said that Trump has established a record of defending religious minorities worldwide. As president, he drew criticism for attempting to institute the travel ban and for being slow to condemn white supremacy and related violence.

Of course, Trump did condemn the attack in New Zealand.

Scott Brown, U.S. ambassador to New Zealand, told CNN that he gave no credence to Tarrant's comments about Trump in the manifesto, saying the accused gunman "is rotten to the core". "I'm not sure how many times we have to say that", Mulvaney told host Chris Wallace.