Trump: media blame me for NZ massacre

US President Donald Trump has played down the global threat posed by white nationalism.
US President Donald Trump has played down the global threat posed by white nationalism.

US President Donald Trump says he is unfairly being blamed for the New Zealand mosque massacre.

Trump has tweeted that the media "is working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand".

"They will have to work very hard to prove that one," he posted on Monday.

The gunman in last week's massacre left a document in which he called himself a white nationalist and referred to Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity".

The US president had expressed sympathy for the victims, but played down the threat of white nationalism across the world, saying he didn't consider it a rising threat despite data suggesting it is growing.

In the past, Trump has drawn criticism for saying "both sides" were to blame for violence at a deadly white supremacist demonstration.

Australian Associated Press