US President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen took to Twitter on Wednesday (16 August) to condemn racism and post a strange photo montage of himself posing with several black Americans. In an apparent effort to prove that he's not racist, Cohen tweeted: "As the son of a holocaust survivor, I have no tolerance for #racism. Just because I support @POTUS @realDonaldTrump doesn't make me a racist."

Some of the people pictured in the eight photos with Cohen included senior White House adviser Omarosa Manigault-Newman, former NFL players Ray Lewis and Jim Brown and video bloggers Diamond and SIlk among others.

His post comes as Trump faces furious backlash over his response to the attack at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend that left one person dead and dozens of others injured.

Following criticism that failing to directly condemn racism and white supremacist groups for the deadly violence, Trump asserted at a press conference on Tuesday that "both sides" were to blame.

"What about the alt-left that came charging at the — as you say, the alt-right?" Trump said. "Do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. As far as I am concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day."

Meanwhile, Twitter hysterically roasted Cohen's post as a "weird", tone-deaf response with one person saying: "The fact that you felt compelled to tweet this should tell you something."

Following the stream of merciless mocking, Cohen went on to retweet several people of colour and Jewish people's Twitter posts who said they stood with Trump as well.

"Congrats on your black friends," one Twitter user wrote.

Tony Award nominee Phillipa Soo tweeted: "Oh no...he did that "look I'm not racist I have tons of black friends" thing."

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President Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen has come under fire after tweeting a photo montage featuring him next to several black people.Reuters/Stephanie Keith