"I am telling you that he did not use that word".
There is internal debate in the West Wing over whether Trump said "s-thole" or "s-thouse". "I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you", Trump responded. In Senegal, President Macky Sall said he was "shocked" by the remarks, and said people in Africa deserve the "respect and consideration of all".
Trump had in a fit of anger lambasted immigrants, stating that they were coming from "shithole" countries, a statement that annoyed many concerned nations and generated serious criticisms from the African Union (AU) and others. There appears to be little difference in meaning between the two words. "Sometimes, maybe it's not clear, but at least it's exactly what he thinks". "This is an important issue, he's passionate about it, he's not going to apologize for trying to fix our immigration system". While officials acknowledged Trump's denial of the exact language used, they said the president's denial was "categorical, referring only to Haiti and not addressing the entirety of the statement attributed to him".
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump tweeted Friday morning. Deals can't get made when there is no trust! Trump announced a year ago that he will end the Obama-era DACA program unless lawmakers come up with a solution by March. "In fact, you know I think it makes it more likely to be violent out there if we're talking about how we hate each other when it is in fact not really true". "Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting". The White House said there are no tapes.
Another Republican senator, Lindsey Graham of SC, weighed in but revealed little about what was or wasn't said.
The president also questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the US, according to people who were briefed on the conversation but were not authorized to describe the meeting publicly.
However, Trump has since posted several tweets denying that he made the derogatory remarks.
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The US president's reported remarks were a reaction to a plan drafted by a bipartisan group of senators to protect juvenile immigrants from deportation.
After the backlash Trump received for his racist comments about "s***hole countries", he took time out Sunday night to let everyone know he's not racist.
LeVell said Trump recently rode in a auto with Ms. King and him, adding he was heartened by the president's eagerness to ask probing questions and celebrate the new record-low black unemployment rate.
Similar sentiments were expressed at marches in NY and Los Angeles while a small group of demonstrators waving Haitian flags faced off with Trump supporters in West Palm Beach. El Salvador and Haiti came in for special mention. When we embrace the world, we see its beauty, ' he said on.
"They don't want security at the border", Trump said. "It doesn't matter how much you say that you're an egalitarian, how much you say that you are race blind, how much you say that you are only interested in people's policies and not their racist polemics".
"Out", Trump said when pressed on a follow-up.
Trump's disparaging comments received quick condemnation in the civil rights community and across the political spectrum. He followed up by asking a black reporter whether she was friends with the members of the Congressional Black Caucus and if she could set up a meeting.
AP writers Alan Fram and Zeke Miller contributed from Washington.
"South Africa aligns itself with the statements issued by the African Union and the Africa group of Ambassadors to the United Nations in NY".