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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump, on the defensive in the wake of recent disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations that have revived questions about whether the leader of the world’s melting pot is a racist, declared Sunday that he is not one.

“No, No. I am not a racist,” Trump told reporters who asked for his response to those who think he is a racist. “I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed. That I can tell you.”

Trump also denied making the statements attributed to him, but avoided delving into the specifics of what he did or did not say.

“Did you see what various senators in the room said about my comments?” he asked, referring to lawmakers who were meeting with him in the Oval Office on Thursday when Trump is said to have made the comments. “They weren’t made.”

Trump stands accused of using “shithole” to describe African countries during an immigration meeting with a bipartisan group of six senators. The president, in the meeting, also questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the U.S., according to people who were briefed on the conversation but were not authorized to describe the meeting publicly.

Trump said in the meeting that he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead.

The White House has not denied that Trump said “shithole” though Trump has already pushed back on some depictions of the meeting.

A confidant of Trump’s told The Associated Press that the president spent Thursday evening calling friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to his remarks. Trump wasn’t apologetic and denied he was racist, instead blaming the media for distorting his meaning, said the confidant, who wasn’t authorized to disclose a private conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the only Democrat at Thursday’s meeting, said Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said. Durbin said the remarks were “vile, hate-filled and clearly racial in their content.” He said Trump used the most vulgar term “more than once.”

Trump commented as Durbin was presenting details of a compromise immigration plan that included providing $1.6 billion for a first installment of the president’s long-sought border wall.

Trump took particular issue with the idea that people who’d fled to the U.S. after disasters hit their homes in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti would be allowed to stay as part of the deal, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly describe the discussion.

When it came to talk of extending protections for Haitians, Durbin said Trump replied, “We don’t need more Haitians.'”

“He said, ‘Put me down for wanting more Europeans to come to this country. Why don’t we get more people from Norway?'” Durbin said.

Republican Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who also attended the meeting, initially said in a statement Friday that they “do not recall the president saying these comments specifically.”On Sunday, they backtracked and challenged other senators’ descriptions of the remarks.

Perdue described as a “gross misrepresentation” reports that Trump used the vulgarity. He said Durbin and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina were mistaken in indicating that was the case. Graham also attended the meeting.

“I am telling you that he did not use that word. And I’m telling you it’s a gross misrepresentation,” Perdue said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Cotton told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he “didn’t hear” the word used — “and I was sitting no further away from Donald Trump than Dick Durbin was.”

Trump insisted in a tweet on Friday that he “never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems.” Trump wrote, “I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!”

Word of Trump’s comments threatened to upend delicate negotiations over resolving the status of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.

Trump announced last year that he will end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, unless lawmakers come up with a solution by March. The program shielded these immigrants, often referred to as “Dreamers,” from deportation and granted them work permits.

Trump tweeted earlier Sunday that the program is “probably dead” and blamed Democrats. He elaborated on the way to dinner with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., saying Democrats “don’t want to help the DACA people.”

Some Democrats have threatened to vote against legislation to extend government funding, which expires on Friday, unless protections for the Dreamers are included.

\”Honestly I don’t think the Democrats want to make a deal,” Trump said. “I think they talk about DACA but they don’t want to help the DACA people.”

Trump said Democrats aren’t for securing the border and stopping the flow of drugs.

“We have a lot of sticking points but they’re all Democrat sticking points. We are ready, willing and able to make a deal.”

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Associated Press writer Jonathan Lemire contributed to this report.

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23 thoughts on “Trump Says He’s No Racist

  1. Richard M. Nixon said -“he was not a Crook.”
    We all know how that played out!!!!!!!!!!!

    Chump is a RACIST TURD WITH NO MORAL COMPASS!!!!!!!!!

  2. Virginia on said:

    D, all you do is call POTUS a racist. What has he done that proves him racist? You also claim he has set the US back. What did he exactly do for that to have happened? Calling someone names holds no water.

  3. Virginia on said:

    D, I would like to know what makes you think I am an idiot! You don’t know me. I don’t think Trump is an idiot, he’s an ass at times, so are you and I. Draining the swamp is a little painful for us all, and for some a bit more.

    • Hey bytch one mcdummy,, bitch two can’t give a speech. The idiot couldn’t even read the prepared speech. You could tell the fool in chief had no idea what he was reading and he damn sure didn’t believe a word of what he said.

  4. Passing Through! on said:

    Look at this racist MF pretending to honor MLK Day & in true racist fashion he has a black water carrier at the podium speaking while Butler Ben Carson stands proped in the background awaiting a pat on the head & a scratch behind the ears from his massa in cheif. Just like I said brandishing the blacks (shitholes, as he calls us) for King day to try & convince the world that he’s not racist. And the black buck dancers are all to happy to help.

  5. Mac Daddy on said:

    Among black men, Trump’s “2017 average approval rating significantly exceeds his 2016 vote share,” admitted a January 11 article in the Atlantic by author Ronald Brownstein. “23 percent of black men approved of Trump’s performance versus 11 percent of black women,” said the article.

    That score averages out to 17 percent, or twice the 8 percent score he was given in the 2016 exit polls.
    In November 2016, Trump got 13 percent support among black men and 4 percent support among black women, according to the exit polls. That very low support was critical to his victory in the Democrats’ now-demolished “Blue Wall” states.
    The poll was “a cumulative analysis of 605,172 interviews SurveyMonkey conducted with Americans in 2017,” according to the Atlantic.
    Oh snap!

  6. Mrknowitall on said:

    the Congressional Black Caucus is full of privileged black racist bigots that take orders from their white overlords like Nancy Pelosi and pick cotton for the Democratic plantation.

  7. @Virginia – read the article AGAIN! It didn’t say he called A PERSON shithole – he referred to their countries in which they live shitholes! It is NOT hard to believe Trump said it!! He has said so many stupid things – just add this to the list. Trump is a racist – it is clearly evident.

  8. 45 said he’s the LEAST racist prez. He didn’t say he wasn’t a racist. The liar in chief is a racist to the ump degree. This country took a GIANT step backwards by electing this RACIST. Of course this RACIST isn’t going to admit in front of the cameras that he’s a racist. Duh! We don’t need him to verify what/ who he is. His words speak for themselves.

    • Virginia on said:

      D, all you do is call POTUS a racist. What has he done that proves him racist? You also claim he has set the US back. What did he exactly do for that to have happened? Calling someone names holds no water.

      • He’s setting us back by condoning racist behavior with white supremist who still sit in his WH. He called blk athletes SOBs because they exercised their right to protest peacefully. He doesn’t want blk and brown people here. That’s just to name a few. You can keep your head in the sand, if you like, but not me.

  9. Virginia on said:

    It’s a bit over the top, even for Dems, to say that Trump called a group of ppl shitholes. I mean come on,SH is a descriptor for a object/thing. And why do we the ppl even know about it anyway, who cares if POTUS curses behind closed doors!

    • It’s documented all the time that this fake prez cures all the time. Hell he does it in front of the cameras and behind close doors. He’s a vulgar and confused idiot!!!!

    • Mac Daddy on said:

      Agreed Virginia, Trump is winning hugely, so the snowflake liberals need any morsel they can find to stay relevant. See the insane ramblings of D if you need further proof. Umpeech 45, umpeech 45, Colt 45….

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