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Among them was the same Trump, who tweeted the day after the news came out on Thursday, saying that he could have used a "tough" language, but never said anything the sourced claimed. The president, in the meeting, also questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the US, according to people who were briefed on the conversation but were not authorized to describe the meeting publicly. Lawmakers mentioned that members of the CBC had requested that some African countries be included in the protective status program, according to a White House official who asked for anonymity to describe a private conversation.

Ivana Trump's comments echo the president's own remarks to reporters at a dinner photo opportunity in Florida on Sunday night that "I'm not a racist".

Asked to respond to people who think he's racist, Trump told reporters: "I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed".

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Republican Senator James Lankford said in a statement: "If these comments are accurate, they are disappointing".

Trump wants to increase spending on the military, while Democrats want corresponding increases in other domestic spending. Trump, who has taken a hard stance against illegal immigration, announced a year ago that he will end the program unless Congress comes up with a solution by March.

On Saturday morning, Trump took to Twitter to slam the Democrats over the controversy: "The Democrats are all talk and no action". Dick Durbin of misrepresenting the discussion and said the IL senator is threatening prospects for a deal to protect certain immigrants, those who had been in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program before Trump announced he would end it.

"It's too much for an objective journalist to call the president a racist", Graham said.

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During the election campaign, Trump had called Mexicans "rapists" while in recent months he has used a racial slur at a reception for Native American veterans, said all Haitians have AIDS and Nigerians live in huts.

The president also rejected as insufficient an immigration deal drafted by the bipartisan group of lawmakers who attended that meeting.

The United Nations human rights office said it had no doubt Trump's remarks were "racist", while the Vatican newspaper branded them as "particularly harsh and offensive".

Their comments were met with widespread skepticism because both Republicans said last week that they "do not recall" if Trump made the comment.

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Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., defended the agreement as a "principled compromise" on NBC's "Meet the Press" and said, "I hope people will explore it". Lindsey Graham of SC, has implicitly affirmed Durbin's account in a statement. "And I'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation". Trump came under fire from conservatives earlier this week for seeming to suggest he would be open to a comprehensive immigration reform deal without money for a border wall, before he quickly backtracked. "But what we have to do is not let that define this moment", said Republican Senator Cory Gardner on CBS's "Face the Nation" program.