US president Donald Trump defended spreading a conspiracy theory about Jeffrey Epstein's death at a question-and-answer session outside his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey on Tuesday.

Trump had retweeted a video post claiming without any evidence that financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who reportedly committed suicide in jail, was killed by Bill Clinton. "The retweet was from somebody that is a very respected conservative pundit. So I think I was fine," said Trump.

The US president also said he wanted a full investigation into Epstein's death saying he had 'no idea' if Clinton was involved.

Trump also commented on plans to impose background checks on gun buyers in the wake of recent mass shootings in Ohio and Texas. "Look, it's very simple. There is no-one more pro-second amendment than Donald Trump. But I don't want guns in the hands of a lunatic or a maniac. And I think if we do proper background checks, we can prevent that", said the US president.

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