Student in altercation with Native American appears on 'Today'

January 23, 2019 - 7:28 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The teen at the center of the encounter between Catholic high school students and a Native American elder at the Lincoln Memorial appeared on NBC’s "Today" show and reports say the students involved will also meet with President Trump.

Nick Sandmann, the teen seen smiling as he stood face-to-face with Native American elder Nathan Phillips at a rally in Washington D.C. last week talked to the "Today" show and the interview aired Wednesday morning.

"As far as standing there, I had every right to do so," Sandmann said in the interview. “I don’t – my position is that I was not disrespectful to Mr. Phillips. I respect him. I’d like to talk to him. In hindsight, I wish we could of walked away and avoided the whole thing.”

Phillips, of the Omaha Nation, is offering to travel to Sandmann’s high school, Covington High School in Kentucky, to talk about respecting diverse cultures.

The school’s governing body is investigating. The Diocese of Covington said in a statement that a third party investigation is planned to begin this week.

“This is a very serious matter that has already permanently altered the lives of many people. It is important for us to gather the facts that will allow us to determine what corrective actions, if any, are appropriate.” the diocese said.

The school will reopen Wednesday after being closed Tuesday because of security concerns.

The students who attended the March for Life rally wearing “Make America Great Again” hats will also meet with President Trump at the White House, though it’s unclear when.

Savannah Guthrie, the anchor who interviewed Sandmann, is getting hammered on Twitter for talking to him.

One person wrote “Congrats on your promotion to Megyn Kelly,.” Kelly left NBC over comments she made about black face.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham tweeted that the Covington students have been “threatened by the leftist internet mob.”