Donald Trump defends self, says: 'I am not a racist'

Donald Trump defends self, says: 'I am not a racist'

The survey question read, "According to a recent news report, President Trump asked 'Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?', referring to immigration from African countries and Haiti".

He made the denial to White House press pool reporters at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach in Florida on Sunday night. Democrats and Republicans presented him last week with exactly the bipartisan deal he said he would sign - protecting the immigrant "Dreamers" while also providing funding for his border security "wall" - but Trump unexpectedly exploded with his racist attack and vulgar word.

"I am not a racist".

Trump was immediately lambasted and denounced for the comments, including by the Haitian government, which said the president's comments reflected a "racist view of the Haitian community", according to the Associated Press. "I told him what I thought, and that's more important to me than anything else".

Instead, she suggested, the president "has so many people telling him left and right what to say and what not to say" that "sometimes maybe it gets confusing", she said.

Trump said Sunday: "Did you see what various senators in the room said about my comments?"

Senator Durbin has said Mr Trump used the term "s***hole" when speaking about Haiti and African countries at a White House meeting about immigration policy last week. People briefed on the conversation say that during the meeting the president also questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the U.S.

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., displayed a poster from the dais proclaiming, in big letters, "Trump: Why allow immigrants from "Shithole Countries"?"

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"Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting", Trump tweeted, using a nickname to needle the IL senator. Who knows? Maybe they think of the United States in the same way that Trump thinks of "Haiti and some African nations". "There is no respect towards Africans who were exploited in America when they developed the country hundreds of years ago", Kwinika said.

Word of Trump's comments threatened to upend delicate negotiations over resolving the status of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children. "Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems".

"I think he loves to wheel and deal, he likes to make decisions, he likes to do contracts".

One of Trump's top advisers, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, said on "Fox News Sunday" she did not recall if Trump used "that specific phrase".

The video, narrated by a comedy Donald Trump impersonator, includes an address to "Trump America", which invites United States citizens to "come to Shithole Namibia, one of the best shithole countries out there". While other GOP lawmakers who attended that meeting have said that Trump remarks have been misrepresented and he didn't say those exact words, Sen.

Trump himself marked the day with a videotaped speech posted on Twitter that alluded to King's celebrated "I Have a Dream" speech.

Graham, who arrived two hours and 30 minutes into the hearing, told her that Durbin is "a decent, honest man" and that Trump was the real problem. "They said those words were used before those words went public", Flake said.

Alex Morgan, communications director for the Democratic Party of Evanston, said Durbin has shown how hard he has worked to advocate for immigration reform and tried get legislation protecting the DACA provision on the president's desk.

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