In an exclusive interview with NBC's Savannah Guthrie, Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann said he "had every right" to stand in front of Nathan Phillips, but now wishes he and his classmates "would have walked away and avoided the whole thing."
Phillips told NBC he "felt threatened" because the students surrounded the Native American demonstrators. He did not elaborate on how he was able to drum in Sandmann's face while being surrounded.
SAVANNAH GUTHRIE, NBC 'TODAY' HOST: Do you feel that you owe anybody an apology? Do you see your own faults in any way?
NICK SANDMANN, COVINGTON CATHOLIC STUDENT: As far as standing there, I had every right to do so.
My position is that I was not disrespectful to Mr. Phillips. I respect him. I'd like to talk to him. I mean, in hindsight I wished we could have walked away and avoided the whole thing.
The full interview will air Wednesday on NBC's 'TODAY.'