I am not a racist, says US President Donald Trump

I am not a racist, says US President Donald Trump

Trump said on January 11 that he would rather have more immigrants from Norway and fewer from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa.

Asked about those who accuse him of being a racist, Trump replied: "No, no, I'm not a racist".

"I don't think there is any way that you can square what the president said [about Haiti and Africa] with the words of Martin Luther King Jr., and with what [the president] said about Dr. King", Lewis lamented.

Mr Trump was said to have told them that instead of granting temporary residency to citizens of countries hit by natural disasters, war or epidemics, the United States should instead be taking in migrants from countries like Norway.

Republican Senator David Perdue told ABC News Trump did not use the word "shithole", however Democratic senator, Dick Durbin, who attended the meeting, insisted that it was the "exact word used by the President, not just once but repeatedly".

The president, who was due to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with McCarthy, also said Democrats were ruining chances for an agreement on immigration legislation and DACA, according to the Washington Post. "The Democrats are the ones that aren't going to make a deal".

Monyela said Trump made "crude and offensive statement".

Trump said Democrats aren't for securing the border or stopping the flow of drugs, but are for taking money away from the military. We have to make sure that we have the right people in the room talking about these issues.

Mr. Trump's latest comments drew worldwide outrage this weekend, especially from leaders of black countries.

White House aides appeared unfazed, with some there arguing the remark could actually help the president despite drawing bipartisan condemnation. Chesky said in a tweet that 2.7 million guests have booked Airbnb reservations across Africa, El Salvador and Haiti, resulting in $170 million in payouts to hosts in those areas.

Trump denied making the statements attributed to him, but avoided the details of what he did or did not say.

"Relations between South Africa and the United States, and between the rest of Africa and the United States, must be based on mutual respect and understanding", said Monyela.

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

But another Republican senator who was there, Lindsey Graham, did not deny the comments were made. Yes, we know Trump is a braggart - and always has been - so what else is new?

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