Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKerry takes harsh tone on Israel, suggests opening for action at UN CNN's Zakaria gives unexpected defense of Trump's Taiwan call Gingrich defends Trump's Taiwan call 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 RubioJuan Williams: McConnell won big by blocking Obama The ignored question: What does the future Republican Party look like? Graham to roll out extension of Obama immigration program MORE (R-Fla.) and Ted CruzTed CruzWeek ahead: AT&T-Time Warner merger under scrutiny Trump could be the most significant president of our time Cruz: I'd rather have Trump talk to Taiwan than Cuba or Iran MORE (R-Texas) instead is “really treason to your heritage.”