WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is criticizing NASCAR for banning the Confederate flag at its races and is going after its only Black driver, Bubba Wallace.

After a weekend spent stoking division, Trump wrongly accused Wallace of perpetrating "a hoax" after one of his crew members discovered a rope shaped like a noose in a garage stall. Federal authorities ruled last month that the rope had been hanging there since at least last October and was not a hate crime.

Trump asked Monday whether Wallace has "apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid." Wallace maintains the rope was fashioned into a noose.

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