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A Brief History Of Donald Trump's Sort-Of Apologies

Inaccurate videos about Muslims. Groping women. Sharks.

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Retweeting far-right videos

In November 2017, Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by the deputy leader of the far-right UK group Britain First, drawing criticism from British prime minister Theresa May. "It is wrong for the president to have done this," a spokesperson for May said. Trump was initially unrepentant, urging May in a tweet to not focus on him, but the "destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!"However, in an interview with former Celebrity Apprentice winner Piers Morgan at Davos this week, Trump said he was prepared to apologise for the retweets. “If you are telling me they’re horrible people, horrible, racist people, I would certainly apologise if you’d like me to do that," Trump said.
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In November 2017, Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by the deputy leader of the far-right UK group Britain First, drawing criticism from British prime minister Theresa May.

"It is wrong for the president to have done this," a spokesperson for May said.

Trump was initially unrepentant, urging May in a tweet to not focus on him, but the "destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!"

However, in an interview with former Celebrity Apprentice winner Piers Morgan at Davos this week, Trump said he was prepared to apologise for the retweets.

“If you are telling me they’re horrible people, horrible, racist people, I would certainly apologise if you’d like me to do that," Trump said.

The Access Hollywood tape

A month before the 2016 presidential election, the Washington Post published a previously unaired hot mic video of Trump and TV host Billy Bush on their way to film an episode of Access Hollywood in 2005. In it, Trump said he had grabbed women "by the pussy," and kissed them against their will.

In a video posted to his Twitter account, Trump apologized for the comments, saying: "I've never said I'm a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I'm not. I've said and done things I regret and the words released today on this more-than-a-decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don't reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize."

However, in the second presidential debate that followed days later he denied ever sexually assaulting women, dismissing the comments as "locker room talk".

Furthermore, according to a New York Times report from November 2017, Trump had suggested to a senator earlier in the year that the tape was "not authentic," and also later repeated that same claim to an adviser.

Disliking sharks

Sorry folks, I'm just not a fan of sharks - and don't worry, they will be around long after we are gone.

This tweet – which predates Trump entering the White House by more than three years – took on new meaning when adult film star Stephanie Clifford, who claimed she had an affair with Trump in a hotel room in 2006, said Trump told her he wants "all the sharks to die."

Clifford, who performs under the name Stormy Daniels, revealed Trump's apparent obsession with sharks in an interview published in 2011, saying: "We had dinner once again in his room. I had swordfish that time. Once again, no alcohol. The strangest thing about that night — this was the best thing ever. You could see the television from the little dining room table and he was watching Shark Week and he was watching a special about the USS something and it sank and it was like the worst shark attack in history. He is obsessed with sharks. Terrified of sharks. He was like, 'I donate to all these charities and I would never donate to any charity that helps sharks. I hope all the sharks die.' He was like, riveted. He was like, obsessed. It’s so strange, I know."

And finally...having a high IQ

Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure,it's not your fault

This 2013 tweet speaks for itself.

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Matthew Champion is a deputy world news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Matthew Champion at matthew.champion@buzzfeed.com.

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