President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE blasted Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Saturday after Northam apologized at a press conference hours earlier for a photo that appeared in his medical school yearbook depicting two men, one dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes and the other in blackface.

In a tweet, Trump ridiculed Northam's statements Saturday appearing to walk back his admission that he was one of the two men depicted in the photo, which the governor initially apologized for in a statement Friday evening.

"Democrat Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia just stated, 'I believe that I am not either of the people in that photo.' This was 24 hours after apologizing for appearing in the picture and after making the most horrible statement on 'super' late term abortion," Trump tweeted, referring to comments the governor made earlier in the week on late-term abortion, adding: "Unforgivable!"

In a second tweet, the president remarked that Northam's opponent in the 2017 Virginia gubernatorial race, Ed Gillespie (R), must be furious with his campaign staff for not finding the picture during the election.


"Ed Gillespie, who ran for Governor of the Great State of Virginia against Ralph Northam, must now be thinking Malpractice and Dereliction of Duty with regard to his Opposition Research Staff," he wrote. "If they find that terrible picture before the election, [Gillespie] wins by 20 points!"

Northam apologized again for the photo at a press conference Saturday afternoon while stating his belief that he is not either of the two men depicted in the image.

At the same press conference, Northam also admitted to a previously unknown incident in which he appeared at a Texas dance contest dressed as Michael Jackson, which he said included black shoe polish to darken his skin tone.

Prominent Democrats in the state and elsewhere have called on the embattled governor to resign, while Northam has vowed to remain in office.