Trump Defends Himself Anew Against Charges That He Is Racist

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Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin is standing by his description of last week's White House immigration meeting at which he and others have said President Donald Trump described African nations with a profanity.

"The African Union Mission wishes to express its infuriation, disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, which remarks dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity", the African Union mission to the United States said in a statement. "I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed".

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

After lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador, the president reportedly demanded to know why the United States should accept immigrants from "shithole countries", rather than - for instance - wealthy and overwhelmingly white Norway. A majority of this country wants to have a sane, sensible immigration policy that is just, that keeps us safe, but also leaves the door open for the legacy of this country, which is diversity, which has made us stronger than many countries on Earth.

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Dick Durbin of IL , the only Democrat at Thursday's meeting, said Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said. Recent news reports of Trump slurring his speech and repeating stories have raised speculation about his mental fitness.

The president denied making the remarks, but acknowledged language he used during Thursday's bipartisan White House meeting on immigration was "tough".

But there is now some internal debate in the West Wing over whether Trump said "shithole" or "shithouse".

Trump himself marked the day with a videotaped speech posted on Twitter that alluded to King's celebrated "I Have a Dream" speech. "It doesn't change what they do", Goldstein said.

Republican Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who also attended Thursday's meeting, initially said they did not hear Trump utter the word in question, then revised their account to deny he said it at all.

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"He said, 'Put me down for wanting more Europeans to come to this country".

Trump said Democrats aren't for securing the border or stopping the flow of drugs, but are for taking money away from the military.

Perdue described as a "gross misrepresentation" reports that Trump used the vulgarity.

He said US embassy officials also responded to concerns about Trump's comments by saying: "The US deeply respects the people of Africa and the people of SA‚ and values its partnerships with them".

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"Honestly I don't think the Democrats want to make a deal", Trump said. Trump announced past year that he will end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, unless lawmakers come up with a solution by March.

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