Trump: I wasn't trying to insult Ben Carson's religion

Republican front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren unveils Native American policy plan Live-action 'Mulan' star spurs calls for boycott with support of Hong Kong police Don't let other countries unfairly tax America's most innovative companies MORE claims he wasn’t trying to insult fellow GOP presidential candidate Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonCarson's affordable housing idea drawing undue flak Overnight Energy: Trump EPA looks to change air pollution permit process | GOP senators propose easing Obama water rule | Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules it says are too lax MORE on the campaign trail in Florida when he questioned Carson’s religion as a Seventh-day Adventist.

On CBS's "Face the Nation," Trump told host John Dickerson that was he said was he didn’t know what a Seventh-day Adventist was.

“I'm not that familiar with it," he said. “I've heard about it, but I'm not that familiar with it. That wasn't meant to be an insult, obviously, it's just that I don't know about it.”

Dickerson asked if Trump, a Presbyterian, if his comments were an expression of ignorance or if he was raising questions about Carson’s religion.

“Well, it's a harsh way of putting it, but perhaps I could say it that way, yes, because I just don't know about, as I said, I don't know about that.”