Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTop Dem: Trump's falsehoods will hurt relations with Congress Trump bans EPA employees from giving social media updates Mexican official: We could leave NAFTA ‘if there are no clear benefits’ MORE on Monday blamed a poor earpiece for sparking a misunderstanding over white nationalist David Duke’s support of the GOP presidential front-runner.
“I’m sitting in a house in Florida with a very bad earpiece they gave me,” he told hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “Today" show.
“What I heard was 'various groups.' I have no problem disavowing groups, but I’d at least like to know who they are. It’d be very unfair disavowing a group if they shouldn’t be disavowed.”
Trump waved off questions about Duke during a Sunday morning appearance on CNN’s "State of the Union." He repeatedly told Tapper he is unaware of the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard’s background and stances.
The outspoken billionaire on Monday lashed out at CNN for ignoring his multiple rejections of Duke’s support over the weekend.
“I’ve disavowed David Duke all weekend long on Facebook and Twitter, but it’s obviously never enough,” Trump said. "I disavowed David Duke the day before in a major news conference.
“CNN was at the major news conference, and they heard me very easily disavow David Duke. I’m saying to myself, 'How many times do I have to continue to disavow people?'”
Trump has frequently distanced himself from Duke’s support after first facing questions from journalists last Friday.
Duke told listeners on his radio show last week that they should vote for Trump, adding that backing Sens. Marco RubioMarco RubioWhy the era of US global leadership is over The Memo: Searching for firm footing as Trump Era begins Overnight Energy: Senate panel clears Tillerson for State MORE (R-Fla.) and Ted CruzTed CruzTrump's America: Businessmen in, bureaucrats out When Trump says 'Make America Great Again,' he means it Booker is taking orders from corporate pharmaceuticals MORE (R-Texas) instead is “really treason to your heritage.”