President Barack Obama says he has "no regrets" over the comments he made about the right of Muslims to build an Islamic center near the former site of the World Trade Center in New York.
Obama was asked on Wednesday about his comments while he was concluding a meeting with the public on the economy in Ohio. He has drawn criticism from Republican officials and others who say the Islamic center, including a mosque, should not be near the site of the Sept 11, 2001, terror attacks.
The president inserted himself into the debate over the mosque last week when he said Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in the US.
A day later, Obama told reporters that he wasn't endorsing the specifics of the mosque plan.