Asked about criticism that his rhetoric may have emboldened white nationalists by PBS's Yamiche Alcindor, Pres. Trump replies, "That's such a racist question."
"I love our country," he said. "I also love the world."
"To say that what you said is very insulting to me. It's a very terrible thing what you said," Trump told Alcindor.
QUESTION: There are some people that say that now the Republican Party is seen as supporting white nationalists because of your rhetoric. What do you make of that?
TRUMP: Oh, I don't believe that. I don't believe that.
I don't believe -- well, I don't know. Why do I have my highest poll numbers ever with African Americans? Why do I have among the highest poll numbers with African Americans? I mean, why do I have my highest poll numbers? That's such a racist question.
Honestly, I mean, I know you have it written down, and you're going to tell me. Let me tell you: It's a racist question.
QUESTION: And Mr. President --
TRUMP: I love -- and you know what the word is? I love our country. I do. You call -- you have nationalists. You have globalists. I also love the world and I don't mind helping the world, but we have to straighten out our country first. We have a lot of problems.
QUESTION: And --
TRUMP: Excuse me. But to say that -- what you said is so insulting to me. It's a very terrible thing that you said.
QUESTION: And Mr. President -- Mr. President, people have --
TRUMP: Okay. Please, go ahead. Go ahead.
QUESTION: You've talked about --
TRUMP: Excuse me.