President Trump was asked on Friday about whether, in his view, white nationalism "is a rising threat around the world," in light of the deadly shootings in New Zealand that targeted mosques. "I don't really," said Trump, saying "it's a small group of people" committing these crimes. "But it is a terrible thing," he continued. The alleged shooter in Christchurch, New Zealand, posted links to a white-nationalist, anti-immigrant manifesto on social media and identified himself as a racist. Advocacy groups have said hate group activity has been rising in the U.S. for the past few years. Defending his national emergency declaration, Trump called crimes "coming through our southern border" an "invasion;" the alleged gunman also referred to "an invasion" in his manifesto.

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