Alt-right leader says he's 'disappointed' in Trump's disavowal
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An alt-right leader said Tuesday he is "disappointed" in Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller target Pence: Rocket attack 'proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace' Conservation remains a core conservative principle MORE's choice to disavow the movement, the Associated Press reported.

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Richard Spencer, National Policy Institute leader, said he gets where the president-elect is "coming from politically and practically."

Spencer told the AP he will "wait and see" what happens with the president-elect's administration.

But Spencer said the alt-right movement is important to Trump, adding the president-elect needs people like him "to actualize the populism that fueled his campaign."

Trump on Tuesday said he did not want to "energize" the alt-right movement. He also denounced the National Policy Institute conference held over the weekend where white nationalists celebrated his victory and used Nazi-era terms and salute.

“I disavow and condemn them,” Trump said at an on-the-record session with New York Times reporters and columnists when asked directly about the meeting.

Trump said if the group is energized, he wants to "look into it and find out why."