A White House intern has denied he was making a white power hand sign in a group photo with the president.
The image from last month shows President Donald Trump with the interns. At the president’s request, all the young men and women are giving his signature thumbs up except for one man in the back row, who is giving a different hand sign.
It resembles a white power hand signal, which is made with the right hand and out-stretched fingers in the shapes of a “W” and “P.”
White Nationalist Richard Spencer has flashed the sign. It was also seen among the crowd at the Charlottesville, Va., march in August.
The intern has been identified as Jack Breuer from Chicago. Breuer, a recent graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, told The Daily Caller that people are misinterpreting the photo.
“I emulated the OK sign the president sometimes makes,” he said. “That was foolish. I should have listened more closely to the commander-in-chief and given the thumbs up.
“I’m proud of my Jewish heritage and strongly reject the hateful views associated with racist white power organizations. I would never make common cause with them.”
The White House did not return Inside Edition’s request for comment.