Far from expressing regret, or taking any responsibility for his role in helping to promote the hateful ideology of the racist group Britain First, Trump offered a variety of excuses.
"If you're telling me they're terrible racist people, I would certainly apologise if you'd like me to do that", he told Good Morning Britain's Piers Morgan during the interview, conducted in Davos on Thursday.
"I don't want to cause any difficulty for your country", Trump said in his interview with ITV's Piers Morgan.
When pressed on whether he would apologise for his retweet, Trump said that if the group was made up of racists then he would.
'I don't know who they are, I know nothing about them, so I wouldn't be doing that.
Trump's misrepresentation of press coverage could be explained by his allergy to saying "sorry", but it is worth remembering that "I know nothing about these people" is a near-exact repetition of a line he delivered in February 2016 when declining to reject the endorsement of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and white-supremacist groups.
"It was a big story where you are", Trump told Morgan, "but it was not a big story where I am".
"If you are telling me they're horrible people, horrible, racist people, I would certainly apologise if you'd like me to do that".
Trump replied, "It was done because I am a big believer in fighting radical Islamic terror".
The incident caused a huge headache for British Prime Minister Theresa May, who said that Trump was "wrong" to send out the tweets, further souring the "special relationship" between Britain and the USA following a series of spats.
"Heartfelt", tweeted one social media user.
Donald Trump's offer to apologise for retweeting propaganda from a British far-right group and his claim not to know anything about them is part of a curious pattern of behaviour.
British Prime Minister Theresa May even publicly condemned the president. Even Fox News host Laura Ingraham, one of Trump's staunchest defenders, brought them up when interviewing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on the night of November 29.
He did, however, say that Trump was reluctant to apologize, the Daily Mail reports. "I know nothing about them". The interview was newsworthy, Morgan told anyone who would listen, since, according to him, it contained something rare: an apology from Trump. "I know nothing about white supremacists". We will come to your defence if anything should happen, which hopefully will never happen.
"I support her, I support a lot of what she does and a lot of what she says". He had discussed Duke in multiple interviews over the years, calling him "a bigot, a racist, a problem". The full interview is to be broadcast on Sunday.