Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

'I'm not a racist': Trump defends himself, denies making vulgar comments

'I'm not a racist': Trump defends himself, denies making vulgar comments

But the controversy over Trump's reported slur on Jan 11 raged on in Washington, as Republicans and Democrats attempt to reach a compromise on the fate of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) recipients.

"Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting", Trump tweeted on Monday.

The comments about Africa are thought to have been made during a briefing on a newly drafted bipartisan immigration deal.

But Trump has stuck with a vague denial that he used such language, and so far has made no move to apologize, hurting prospects for a deal on DACA and making life uncomfortable for Republicans as they look ahead to midterm elections this year.

According to two people briefed on the meeting, Mr Trump said: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" I understand that. But I'll tell you this: "I stand by every word I said about what was said and what happened".

"I did about 200 cataract surgeries with a group of surgeons in Haiti and the same in Central America, and when we asked Donald J. Trump as a private citizen to support those trips, he was a large financial backer of both medical mission trips", he continued. Dick Durbin. Durbin says Trump used a vulgarity disparaging African countries.

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The president also questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the U.S., according to people who were briefed on the conversation but were not authorised to describe the meeting publicly.

Sen. Graham shared a statement on Friday which said: "Following comments by the President, I said my piece to him directly yesterday".

However, Trump had, while signing the proclamation for King's Day on Wednesday, said the late civil rights leader "dedicated his life to a vision: that all Americans would live free from injustice and enjoy equal opportunity as children of God". Tom Cotton had previously issued a statement saying they "do not recall the President saying those comments specifically". Senator David Purdue, a Republican from Georgia, called charges that Trump is racist "ridiculous" and his reported remarks a "gross misrepresentation" of the White House meeting on immigration.

Trump responded by saying his language was "tough" but not the language used in the news reports.

Durbin said Monday the White House should release whatever recording it might have of the meeting. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems. He did say, "I have it on good authority that some of the contextual comments that have been put forward by Sen".

Let's think of his example and that of the immigrants who have contributed to our state and nation as we start the semester.

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