Donald Trump escalates feud over 'racial slur'

Donald Trump escalates feud over 'racial slur'

"I am not a racist". "I am the least racist person you've ever interviewed", he said to the White House press pool.

Critics are calling the president's remarks ironic and hypocritical as they come just one day after he allegedly made disparaging comments about Haiti and African countries.

"I am shocked by the words of President Trump on Haiti and Africa", Senegalese President Macky Sall said in an official tweet.

"There is no other word one can use but racist", said a United Nations spokesman.

The US should be taking in migrants from countries like Norway, he is reported to have said. "I think it is terrific".

Civil rights leaders said Friday the president's comments are not new, but are the most recent and glaring proof of Trump's racist views, and shocking to the point that congressional leaders and Americans can no longer ignore his bigotry. "The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel", he said. "I think they talk about DACA but they don't want to help the DACA people". "And I think that that would show real leadership".

President Donald Trump has denied that he is racist, after a row broke out over his alleged use of the word "shithole" to describe African nations.

Mr Trump commented as Mr Durbin was presenting details of a compromise immigration plan that included providing 1.6 billion USA dollars (£1.16 billion) for a first instalment of the president's long-sought border wall. He declined to answer a question about what the federal government would do to try to make sure that a mistaken alert like the one in Hawaii is not sent out again. Among them was Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.


"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" "Deals can't get made when there is no trust!"

Government funding is set to run out on January 19, and numerous Democrats have threatened to withhold their votes to continue funding if a deal to address the future of DACA recipients isn't reached. The White House has not denied that Trump used a vulgar term, and indicated Tuesday that no apology would be forthcoming.

Trump has not clarified to aides what he said, but told reporters Sunday night in Florida that comments attributed to him "weren't made".

Durbin is a member of the negotiating group for an immigration agreement in the upper house. The Dreamers would be allowed to stay but not become United States citizens, according to Flake.

Mr Trump also said the allegation was hurting efforts to strike a deal to protect so-called Dreamer immigrants.

"I believe there is a deal to be had", he said. Unless an agreement is reached, the Daca program will be scrapped in early March. Trump announced previous year that he will end the Obama-era DACA program unless lawmakers come up with a solution by March.

Meanwhile, dimming prospects for a 2018 spending agreement means lawmakers will have to resort to a temporary funding extension to avert a government shutdown on January 19.

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