Trump again disavows alt-right, white supremacists

Trump again disavows alt-right, white supremacists

"It's not a group I want to energize", Trump said, according to Times reporter Maggie Haberman.

President-elect Donald Trump denied Tuesday that he did anything to energize the "alt-right" movement through his presidential campaign and sought to distance himself from it, even though numerous movement's leaders have sought to tether their political views to Trump's rise.

"It's not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why", he added, according to one of the Times reporters in the room, Michael Grynbaum. "Hail our people! Hail victory!"

Spencer was catapulted into the heart of the news cycle yesterday when footage emerged of a speech he gave over the weekend in Washington, during which he invoked explicit Nazi imagery and terminology.

Donald Trump cancels meeting with New York Times journalists

The National Policy Institute, a think tank within the so-called alt-right movement, which includes neo-Nazis, white supremacists and anti-Semites, held a gathering at the federally owned Ronald Reagan Building last Saturday.

Trump also defended his selection Stephen Bannon as White House chief strategist, a pick that has generated controversy given Bannon's history of inciting racial division.

The alt-right movement came to the fore during the US presidential election. Trump has been more closely linked to them since his appointment of Steve Bannon, who served as executive chair of Breitbart News for four years before taking a leave of absence to become the Trump campaign's CEO. In a Friday interview with the Wall Street Journal, though, he said he has "zero tolerance" for anti-Semitic views.