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'The President is not a white supremacist' - White House dismisses praise of Trump by alleged New Zealand shooter

New Zealand pledges reforms as relaxed gun laws scrutinised

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US President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

US President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

US President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

THE White House pushed back on Sunday against any attempt to link President Donald Trump to the accused shooter who killed 50 people in two New Zealand mosques, saying the act of a disturbed individual cannot be blamed on any one politician.

"The president is not a white supremacist. I'm not sure how many times we have to say that," White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said on "Fox News Sunday."

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People pause next to flowers and tributes by the wall of the Botanic Gardens on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images

People pause next to flowers and tributes by the wall of the Botanic Gardens on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images

People pause next to flowers and tributes by the wall of the Botanic Gardens on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images

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