President Donald Trump defended his son Donald Trump Jr. during an interview on Wednesday by saying, “I’m very glad to see that they were very open to the fact that he’s not a bigot.
I’m not one of those people.””
I think the other one was probably just being kind of, you know, nice to have,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade, noting that Trump’s eldest son has since been “totally transparent” with the public.”
And I think I’m just happy to see,” he added.
“Because, you want to know what?
You know, I think everybody knows that.
And I think he’s just being himself.
And that’s what he’s done.”
Trump Jr. was questioned by CNN’s Anderson Cooper during an event on Wednesday about comments he made in December when he appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” and called black people “superpredators.”
During the interview, Trump Jr., who is black, defended his father’s remarks and said he didn’t see any racial overtones.
“I didn’t think about it.
I don’t think it was that big of a deal,” Trump Jr said, “because we’re a very, very, open country.
We’re a great country.”
In his Fox News interview, Cooper asked Trump Jr.: “If you were a white person in your situation, what would you tell a black person who was looking for a white male, white, straight, male?”
“I would tell him that you can be white, that you don’t have to hide your race, that it’s OK,” Trump said.
“And then I would say, ‘Listen, you can have a good life.
Go ahead and do what you want.
If you want, go back to where you came from.’
That was what I said.
And then he would go on to say that the black community was a very big problem.
And you know what, that’s not true.
That’s not the case.”
Trump has faced criticism for his comments about race, particularly during the 2016 presidential campaign.
In February, Trump said that the media was “the enemy” of the white community and that he was “proud” to be an American.
Trump Jr., however, said he was trying to make a statement and not “be provocative.”
“It was not to make any comment about my ethnicity,” he said.