President Trump said Wednesday that a reporter’s question about whether he foments white nationalism was a “racist” question.
“To say that is so insulting to me,” Mr. Trump told a NPR NewsHour reporter Yamiche Alcindo during a a press conference at the White House.
She had questioned Mr. Trump about whether his calling himself a nationalist was a dog whistle for white nationalists, an often repeated charge in the news media.
She said using the word makes people think the Republican Party is aligned with white nationalists.
“That’s such a racist question,” responded the president, who noted his high approval rating among black Americans.
Mr. Trump said there as no connection between nationalism and white nationalism.
“You know what the word is, I love our country,” Mr. Trump said.