Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Trump defends himself after comments, says: 'I am not a racist'

"It was a meeting of 12 people". She said "others in the room were also using tough language". I think that there are people that are looking for an apology. All, like the USA president, were Republicans.

Her comments come following a hard weekend for the president, who was accused of racism after allegedly commenting during a White House meeting: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" while discussing Haiti, El Salvador and several African countries.

Republicans who lie for Trump are setting themselves up to go down with Trump.

In full damage control, Trump and the White House trashed Wolff and his book as fiction and tabloid garbage while defending the President's mental fitness. "Come on. To think that the President of the United States would refer to any country on Earth as an S-House country, for goodness' sakes, what does that say?"

Also holding events at Trump properties were oil and mining interests, representatives of the vaping industry and a college football team, the report said.

"I can't imagine (that) 2018 Democrats would want to shut down the government over that, especially when we are negotiating in good faith", said Texas Republican Sen. I understand that. But I'll tell you this: "I stand by every word I said about what was said and what happened".

A confidant of Trump told The Associated Press that the president spent Thursday evening calling friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to his remarks.

"I would hope (and) I wouldn't want to read anything sinister into it, but one would have thought that recognising that Haiti today holds the chair of the CARICOM community that they would have at least offered some kind of support for its fellow CARICOM country and/or seek to indicate displeasure or otherwise of the reported comments", Mr Davis said in response to a question from The Tribune.

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

For Donald Trump's opponents, 70 percent say a big reason they don't support the president is that he's disrespected people like them, and most don't like his policies.

Trump reportedly said, "Why do we need more Haitians?" according to people familiar with the meeting.

"No, No. I'm not a racist", Trump said Sunday, after reporters asked him to respond to those who think he is.

The South Carolina Republican says White House chief of staff John Kelly is "a fine man, but he's part of the staff". Tom Cotton and David Purdue, who were both at the White House meeting, said the President did not say "shithole".

"We have a lot of sticking points but they're all Democrat sticking points", he said.

"DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military", Trump tweeted.

Mr Durbin told reporters of Trump's continued slurs.

As the firestorm over Trump's comment began late last week, the White House and Trump's National Security Council provided no guidance to the State Department about what to say to foreign countries who were incensed, said a USA official familiar with the conversations between the White House and other federal agencies.

"How did I win Arkansas by so much when she came from Arkansas?"

The key message, the official said: Emphasize that the United States has a "deep respect" for people from Africa and that the US relationship with any county is deeper than any one comment.

AP writers Alan Fram, Marcy Gordon, and Josh Lederman contributed from Washington. Avoid confirming or denying what the president might have said, referring to it instead as an "alleged comment". Jonathan Lemire reported from NY.

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