Donald Trump removes 'white power' video retweet

  • Donald Trump removes 'white power' video retweet

Donald Trump removes 'white power' video retweet

US President Donald Trump has retweeted a video showing one of his supporters chanting "white power", a racist slogan associated with white supremacists.

In the tweet, Trump wrote: "Thank you to the great people of The Villages", a retirement community in Florida he visited previous year. The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot.

The White House had no immediate comment on why the tweet was deleted.

The White House said in a statement that Tump "did not hear the one statement made on the video". The man who is heard shouting "white power" was responding to protesters shouting "racist".

"F*** Trump! F*** Trump!" an anti-Trump protester soon yells in another part of the clip.

The video on Twitter, which was later deleted from Mr Trump's feed, shows rival demonstrators shouting profanities at each other in Florida.

The video shared by the president showed several pro-Trump seniors in Florida having an exchange with anti-Trump protestors and supporters of Black Lives Matter and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The tweet comes on the heels of Trump's hostile response to protests against racial injustice engulfing the United States following the death of Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis.

Also appearing Sunday on "State of the Union", Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that "obviously, neither the president, his administration nor I would do anything to be supportive of white supremacy or anything" similar. In the first 10 seconds of the video, one of the president's supporters repeatedly shouts "white power" at the demonstrators.

Earlier in the day, the only black Republican Senator Tim Scott said in an interview with CNN that Trump should take the tweet down.

"It was so profanity laced, the entire thing was offensive - certainly the comment about the white power was offensive", he said.

Trump has always been accused of fanning racial tensions, including during the nationwide reckoning over racial inequality triggered by the death-in-custody of African American George Floyd a month ago. We should take it down.