'I'm not a racist': Trump defends himself, denies making vulgar comments

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Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said last week that Trump had repeatedly use the word "sh**hole" when speaking about African countries and the Caribbean nation of Haiti. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., went public with the remarks. Sen.

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".

"It's a big problem", Nielsen said, as the surge is a turn around from a big drop that occurred during the early months of the Trump Administration.

A confidant of Trump's told The Associated Press that the president spent Thursday evening calling friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to his remarks.

There is internal debate in the West Wing over whether Mr Trump said "shithole" or "shithouse". The president, in the meeting, also questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the USA, according to people who were briefed on the conversation but were not authorized to describe the meeting publicly.

The Secretary of Homeland Security testified Tuesday that she did not hear President Trump use a vulgarity in a meeting with lawmakers about immigration last week.

"I stand by my words", Durbin, a Democrat from IL, told the co-hosts. Trump loyalists are quick to argue that Kyle McDaniel was relatively unknown and that his presence was of little outcome in Virginia, but in the words of Haley Barbour, a former MS governor and Republican legend, politics is about addition.

"Is the president realistic when he says he wants $ 20 billion, so he can build the wall in one year?" he asked Nielsen. The path to a deal seems even more complicated after last week's coarse Oval Office conversation, and Trump has accused Durbin of undermining the trust necessary to reach an agreement. With Perdue on camera, Stephanopoulos pointed to statements confirming the use of vulgar language from U.S. Sen.

Co-host Meghan McCain asked Durbin if publicly disclosing what Trump said hurt any progress being made on a deal on the fate of almost 800,000 Dreamers - immigrants brought into the U.S.as children.

Trump piled on Monday, accusing Durbin of misrepresenting what he said and of damaging prospects for a deal to protect young immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as children. The program now protects roughly 700,000 people, mostly Hispanic young adults, from deportation and provides them work permits. Members of Congress from both parties are trying to strike a deal that Trump would support to extend that protection.

The African Union, a group representing the continent's countries, and African ambassadors to the United Nations on Friday sharply denounced Trump's reference to African nations as "sh-holes" and called on him to retract his statement and apologize.

"What I was struck with frankly, as I'm sure you were as well, was just the general profanity used in the room by nearly everyone".

"That's what he (Durbin) said in 2013". The White House said there are no tapes.

Trump has also said comments attributed to him weren't made.

Donald Trump married his current wife, Melania, in 2005 and they have one son, Barron.

"Our president has shown exactly who he is by what he's saying and, you know, people are not ignorant".

When Mr Durbin was challenged about his version of what term Mr Trump used, the IL senator said: "I stand by every word I said about what was said". His recent comment about immigrants and refugees from "shithole countries" confirmed his racist attitudes about immigration and race.

Trump said Democrats aren't for securing the border or stopping the flow of drugs, but are for taking money away from the military. But these relationships can probably be repaired once Trump is gone. "He wants immigrants to come in from everywhere, but he wants to do that through a merit-based system", said Sanders. "I haven't heard any of those six sources other than Senator Durbin talk about what was said". Trump said he would prefer more people from places like Norway instead.

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