By PETER PIZZA The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he’s “not apologizing” for suggesting that the office decor of his new administration would look more like “a dumpster fire” than a “hotel.”
Trump’s remarks came in an interview with the Associated Press that was published online and broadcast on CNN.
He said the office would look like a dumpsterfire, and that he would not “apologize” for his suggestion.
He called the idea “unacceptable.”
“I don’t want to apologize for it,” Trump said in the interview, conducted over a dinner at Mar-a-Lago, his private resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
“I’m not apologizing,” Trump continued.
“I don and I don’t care what anybody thinks about it.
And I’m not going to apologize.
I’m a man of my word.”
Trump has been the target of frequent criticism for his handling of the crisis over the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and for his refusal to publicly condemn white nationalists who rallied in the U.S. capital for a weekend rally that turned violent.
He has blamed both the violence and the “many sides” of the protest on counterprotesters.
“As president, I will not apologize for the Charlottesville tragedy,” Trump told the AP.
“That was the day of the rally.
I condemn that.
That was the event.”
In a tweet, the president called the weekend rally in Charlottesville “horrific.”
Trump also said in a tweet that the “disgraceful” violence in the nation’s capital is “a stain on our nation and a stain on the history of our country.”
“This is an attack on all of us,” he said.