Trump defends self after comments: 'I'm not a racist'

Hundreds of Haitian-Americans and others have rallied in Times Square in New York City to denounce racism and remarks that President Donald Trump is said to have made disparaging African countries and questioning further USA acceptance of Haitian immigrants.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who attended the meeting, said Friday that Trump did use the vulgar language as reported and described the president as saying "things which were hate-filled, vile and racist". He said that he had been misquoted and told reporters: "I am not a racist".

"I hope you remember me", Durbin began acidly.

Durbin is a Democrat, which in the eyes of some makes his account suspect.

Asked about Trump reportedly referring to African countries as "shithole [s]", Sanders denied that Trump used that specific term and said, "No one here is going to pretend like the president is always politically correct".

Almost 60 percent of Americans disagree with President Donald Trump's reported comment about immigration from "shithole countries", a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds, with most considering the statement to be racist.

I suppose I should also mention that Trump now denies making the statements, but there is absolutely no reason to believe him.

The individuals spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to describe the meeting publicly.

Democrats' negotiating position got stronger on Thursday when Republican South Dakota Sen.

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Still, if President Trump was upset by the reports of his language, he took his time in responding to it - enough time to call around to friends see how well the reports of his slurs were playing with his base.

Trump was said to have uttered "s-thole" during last Thursday's conversation in the Oval Office, a version backed up by Sen.

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.

"I know what was said and I know what I said", Graham said Monday.

"We do not recall the President saying these comments specifically, but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest", the statement said. Lindsey Graham of SC was outlining a tentative bipartisan agreement on immigration they hoped Trump would support. "Of course, the Cape Town skyline is lovely, but we also know that life in Crossroads or Nyanga or any of the many sprawling townships that ring that city is hard". Some say Trump did not use the word.

But Graham said Monday that "my memory hasn't evolved". "Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military", Trump tweeted. "It doesn't change what they do", Goldstein said. The following day, Trump tweeted "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

"Africans, through both slavery and choices made, sacrificed a lot to help build America to its current status as a world super-power and it is therefore, only an ignorant leader like President Trump who can either not know or choose to deliberately ignore such".

This drama would be more entertaining were it not for the 800,000 immigrants whose fate under the protections of President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program hangs in the balance.

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