White House aides scrambling to deal with fallout from Trump's threat of violence from his supporters: CNN
President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on January 23, 2019/Screenshot

White House aides are reportedly struggling to figure out how to "spin" comments the president made prior to the New Zealand mosque massacre that could be viewed as incitements to violence.

In an interview with Breitbart ostensibly about a free speech order he's about to sign, the president referenced all the "tough" people he has in his corner.

"I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad," Trump said. "But the left plays it cuter and tougher."

CNN host Wolf Blitzer noted the comments were "disturbing" when asking White House correspondent Kaitlin Collins about how things are within the administration.

"Aides behind the scenes were pushing back on this saying, 'that's just the way the president talks,'" Collins explained. "That's something you hear when the president makes a remark like this."

She added that she wasn't surprised by what he said because he's made similar comments "in front of cameras, at rallies and events like that.

"Aides don't know how to respond to this," Collins added. "They don't know how to spin this or anything like that. They hope that this is one of those comments, because the president says so many things, that they can just kind of let go by with the news cycle."

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