Following Reported 'Shithole' Comments, Trump Insists He's Not a Racist

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"If I had realized, over the years, that when people referred to places I have lived as "shitholes" they were being not only rude but racist, I could have been even more offended", said Washington Post columnist Gary Abernathy. "That I can tell you".

Mrs. Trump has made the White House a home for [her son] Barron and the President.

Trump reportedly used the word to describe African countries during an Oval Office meeting on Thursday with a bipartisan group of six senators on immigration reform. Trump also questioned why the United States should admit more Haitians.

Others in attendance have said they don't remember what Trump said - namely, Republican Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

"Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting", Trump tweeted Monday, using a nickname to needle the IL senator.

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.

"I think this man, this president, is taking us back to another place", said John Lewis, a Georgia congressman who marched with King in the 1960s. Durbin said that Trump did use "hate-filled, vile and racist" language in the meeting, according to the Chicago Tribune. "Sometimes he says things which are silly or he doesn't really mean them ... but he's definitely not racist".

"All these insane, over the top criticisms or accusations against the president don't fit with the president that I know", Paul said - launching into a recollection of how Trump donated money for a medical mission trip to Haiti taken Paul's charitable organization. The confidant wasn't authorized to disclose a private conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity. "It's going to be done by talking and understanding", Graham said.

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The Kentucky lawmaker said this won't be the first time that the left's obsession with accusing their opponents of racism backfires.

And as for the Norway comment, what Trump was "almost certainly trying to get at, in his typically confused way, is that we'd be better off with immigrants with higher skills", not that he prefers white immigrants, the editorial said. "And I'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation".

Trump tweeted to say that the language he used "was tough, but this was not the language used".

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. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!' Mr Trump is a racist: Such a dyed-in-the-wool racist that he is virtually unconscious of it.

King, who is the president and CEO of Realizing the Dream, a nonprofit dedicated to continuing the legacy and unfinished work of his parents, stopped short of labeling President Trump a racist.

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the country illegally as children - so-called "Dreamers" - face deportation unless a compromise can be reached that would grant them rights to stay. About 700,000 people are covered by DACA.

The debate continued to play out Tuesday as Washington was gripped with uncertainty over whether the government would shut down at midnight Friday, when temporary government funding is set to run out, in the absence of a deal on immigration and other matters. They talk about DACA, but they don't want to help.

"We have a lot of sticking points but they're all Democrat sticking points", he said. "We are ready to make a deal".

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