Former President Trump instructed Fox Information he “had no concept” what white nationalist Nick Fuentes’s views have been once they dined at Mar-a-Lago final week.
Trump has confronted a firestorm of criticism after the dinner with Fuentes, who was labeled a white supremacist by the Justice Division and has repeatedly made antisemitic feedback, and Ye, the rapper previously often called Kanye West, who has additionally come underneath current controversy for antisemitic feedback.
“I had by no means heard of the person — I had no concept what his views have been, they usually weren’t expressed on the desk in our very fast dinner, or it wouldn’t have been accepted,” Trump instructed Fox Information Digital of Fuentes.
The previous president within the interview additionally hit again at Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who condemned Trump earlier within the day.
“There isn’t any room within the Republican Get together for antisemitism or white supremacy and anybody assembly with individuals advocating that standpoint, in my judgment, [is] extremely unlikely to ever be elected president of the US,” McConnell instructed reporters at his weekly press convention.
McConnell, whose relationship with Trump soured after McConnell acknowledged Joe Biden as president-elect in December 2020, was considered one of a number of GOP senators to slam Trump for the dinner upon returning to Washington this week.
“Mitch is a loser for our nation and for the Republican Get together who wouldn’t have been re-elected in Kentucky with out my endorsement, which he begged me for as a result of he was happening,” Trump instructed Fox Information. “His well-financed opponent had $93 million able to spend once I drove him from two factors right down to 21 factors up in a matter of days.”
A McConnell spokesperson declined to remark about Trump’s assault, deferring to the senator’s earlier remarks.
When requested about what sparked the dinner, Trump instructed Fox Information that Ye had “requested to see me for recommendation” and Trump heard he was experiencing “monetary difficulties.”
After making a string of antisemitic posts, Ye misplaced partnerships with a number of main manufacturers, together with Adidas.
“No person has to show or be defensive of me and Israel,” Trump instructed the outlet. “They’ve acknowledged that I’m the most effective buddy and president to Israel.”