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Donald Trump: Country star Shania Twain 'made a mistake' not supporting him

Last Updated Apr 26, 2018 at 1:01 pm EDT

Shania Twain performs at the opening night ceremony of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in New York. Twain is apologizing after telling a British newspaper that she would have voted for U.S. President Donald Trump if she were eligible. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

TORONTO – Donald Trump is cutting Shania Twain some slack, even though he says the Canadian singer “made a mistake” when she backed away from supporting him.

The U.S. president called in to Fox News morning show “Fox and Friends” on Thursday and responded to Twain’s recent apology to her fans.

“Shania, who I think is terrific, made a mistake by saying, ‘I wish I didn’t go public with (supporting Trump),'” he said.

“We know how she feels.”

Trump’s comments were part of a sprawling half-hour phone interview that touched on James Comey, French president Emmanuel Macron and rapper Kanye West.

The hosts asked how he felt about a series of tweets made by Twain earlier this week where she distanced herself from the president.

Twain made the statement after an interview with British newspaper The Guardian quoted her saying she would have voted for Trump because “even though he was offensive, he seemed honest.”

The comment was met with both praise and condemnation online, but led the Timmins, Ont. singer to issue a swift apology saying the question caught her off guard and she should have offered more context.

Twain says she is “passionately against discrimination of any kind,” and she does “not hold any common moral beliefs with the current president.”

Trump suggested that Twain shouldn’t have to worry about losing fans by supporting him.

“People have done that, and they’re amazed at what happens to their business,” he added.

“We have tremendous support. We have tremendous fans.”

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