Declaring that he is "not a racist", President Donald Trump has asserted once again that he never made the derogatory comment about Haiti, African migrants at a White House meeting last week as claimed by a senior Democratic Senator. In a meeting with a group of senators, Trump had questioned why the United States would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shit hole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and people briefed on the remarkable conversation.
"I'm not a racist".
Trump addressed the issue briefly as he arrived for dinner at his private golf club in West Palm Beach with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California. However, one of the Republican Senators who attended the meeting today claimed that Trump never used that word. I don't know if they were taken - I wasn't in the room. "I can tell you I've been negotiating and working with the Democrats on immigration for 17 years and on this issue, on DACA or on the DREAM Act for a number of years, and the Democrats are negotiating in good faith". He said reports about the meeting had been a "gross misrepresentation" of what happened. Sometimes he says things which are silly and he does not really mean them but he definitely is not racist.
It was such a simple statement from Trump, but as O'Donnell pointed out, it said so much about how far detached Donald Trump is from reality.
Trump was immediately lambasted and denounced for the comments, including by the Haitian government, which said the president's comments reflected a "racist view of the Haitian community", according to the Associated Press.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) confirmed the move after Trump was quoted as saying African countries, alongside Haiti and El Savador, constituted "shitholes" from where migrants into the United States were undesirable.
"I heard that account before the account even went public", he said. "We're going to talk DACA", Trump told reporters.
"To squander that goodwill certainly means many difficulties in terms of pursuing trade, in terms of doing business comfortably, in terms of counter terrorism, security cooperation", Lewis said. When asked who they would blame if the government shut down, 31 percent said congressional Republicans, 29 percent said congressional Democrats, and 18 percent said Trump.
Meanwhile, Trump has already dubbed the immigration talks as "probably dead". They don't want to stop drugs, and they want to take money away from our military, which we can not do.
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. "I think people would rather have a civil discussion, have some disagreements, have honest debates".
"We have a lot of sticking points but they're all Democrat sticking points", he said.