Mar 16, 2019 07:16 Asia/Tehran

In reaction to terror attacks on mosques in New Zealand, US President Donald Trump has claimed that white nationalism is not a rising global threat.

Iran Press/America: US President Donald Trump said Friday he does not regard white nationalism as a rising global threat in the aftermath of mosque terror attacks in New Zealand that left at least 49 people dead.

"I don't really," Trump said in the Oval Office after being questioned about whether he views white nationalism as growing. "I think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess," CNN reported.

On Friday March 15, armed gunmen attacked Masjid Al Noor mosque and Linwood Masjid Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.

49 people have been killed, and at least 50 injured, in Friday's attacks in New Zealand. 

Police push back members of the public following a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque, New Zealand, March 15/ REUTERS

"If you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that's the case," Trump said on white nationalism. "I don't know enough about it yet. They're just learning about the person and the people involved," he added.

Calling the attack "terrible thing," Trump said he'd not yet seen the manifesto the mosque shooter wrote.

"I did not see it. I did not see it, but I think it's a horrible event, it's a horrible thing," he said, adding he was first updated on the attack early Friday morning. 101/211/201

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