Trump says he condemns Proud Boys and white supremacists

US President Donald Trump came under criticism following the presidential debate after declining to directly condemn white supremacists. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - United States President Donald Trump said on Thursday (Oct 1) in an interview that he condemned the Proud Boys, a militant group that supports him, after declining to directly condemn white supremacists during Tuesday's presidential debate.

"I condemn the KKK, I condemn all white supremacists, I condemn the Proud Boys," Mr Trump said in an interview on Fox News, after insisting that he had long condemned such groups.

"If I say it 100 times, it won't be enough because it's fake news," he said.

Mr Trump came under criticism following the debate after he said only "sure" and "I will" after moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News invited him to condemn white supremacists.

After his re-election opponent Joe Biden suggested he condemn the Proud Boys, Mr Trump responded, "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by" - a phrase that members of the group celebrated on social media.

Mr Trump said the next day that he meant the group should "stand down" and allow police to regulate leftist protesters.

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