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President Trump: 'I am not a racist'

16 January 2018

He said Trump used the most vulgar term "more than once".

The African group of ambassadors to the United Nations also condemned Trump's comments, saying they were "outrageous, racist and xenophobic".

Trump also again denied describing certain countries in Africa, Central America and the Caribbean as "s**thole countries". "Why do we need more Haitians?" The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel.

On Sunday, Trump blamed Democrats for the break-down in negotiations, writing on Twitter that it was "probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it".

"All of you who over the last few years have uttered that exhausted, lazy, uninformed, uneducated response of calling me and others who point out racist behavior "racists, ' you know what you can go do?" On Sunday, they backtracked and challenged other senators' descriptions of the remarks.

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David Perdue, R-Ga., called Durbin's assertion a "gross misrepresentation" during an interview on ABC, and Sen. Durbin also said that Sen. Lindsey Graham had a message for the president.

"I am telling you that he did not use that word".

"2.7M guests from Airbnb decided that countries in Africa, El Salvador, and Haiti were lovely enough to visit", he said in one tweet.

A statement from Raj Shah, a deputy White House press secretary, did not deny that Trump made the comments. Trump wrote, "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians". The was preceded by his "rapists" comments about Mexico, which he subsequently doubled down on during an interview with CNN's Don Lemon.

Word of Trump's comments threatened to upend delicate negotiations over resolving the status of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.

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Democratic lawmakers "don't want security at the border", said Trump, referring to a campaign promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico and restrict immigration to the country.

The AU, representing all 55 nations in the continent, on Friday demanded that Trump apologises for his alleged remark.

Despite being in the meeting, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, and Rep. Robert Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia, have not made public comments.

Some Democrats are threatening to vote against a budget deal unless it includes DACA protections. "They're so abusive. I've traveled in these countries and it's horrendous what these people live in". As for Africa, he asked why more people from "s--hole countries" should be allowed into the US, the sources told the Associated Press.

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