WASHINGTON — Days after receiving heavy criticism for his comments about a journalist who suffers from a disability, presidential candidate Donald Trump addressed the needs of people with disabilities in a speech in Sarasota, Fl.

Trump appeared to mock Serge Kovaleski, a New York Times reporter with a congenital condition that affects joint movement, in a speech Tuesday in South Carolina. He announced on Twitter Saturday that he would address the situation at his Saturday speech.

At the speech, Trump railed against the New York Times, calling it “a disgusting newspaper,” questioning its financial standing and saying “it’s gone down the tubes fast” before addressing his comments in reference to Kovaleski.

He said he was simply mocking a person’s “groveling,” and the fact Kovaleski has a disability was unknown to him.

“I don’t mock people that have problems, believe me.”

Trump says he doesn’t know Kovaleski, that he might have met the reporter but was unaware Kovaleski has a disability. He would not apologize, and instead suggested The New York Times owes him an apology.

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