Donald Trump's defending accusations of discrimination and Racism

Hannah Rogers
January 17, 2018

U.S President Donald Trump has denied claims that he is racist, after a row broke out when he described immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from "shithole countries".

Republican lawmakers who were in the Thursday meeting generally sidestepped questions about precisely what Trump said.

The African Group of UN ambassadors is "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks by the president of the United States of America as widely reported by the media", a statement said. "No, no. I am not a racist", he proclaimed.

The comment was reportedly made in the Oval Office. For seven years at the height of the Cold War (1951-58) I proudly wore U.S. Air Force blue.

"I can't defend the indefensible".

"I think at this point we can't look to Washington, we can't look to the president to tell us how to behave how to feel. And I think that that would show real leadership".

The last three days have been consumed by this debate: Did President Donald Trump refer to several foreign countries as "shitholes" or not?

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Meanwhile, Paul told Todd that he can support a compromise on DACA, and he's been offering one to the Democrats for six months, but has been rejected.

"We do not know in what context the remarks were made, but we do not agree with them".

And other Trump backers said the president's remarks show he's aligned with a long-standing conservative push to reshape immigration policy into a merit-based system rather than one based on family ties or admitting those from countries beset by poverty. The president, in the meeting, also questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the US, according to people who were briefed on the conversation but were not authorized to describe the meeting publicly.

Interestingly, Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, who were present when Trump made the vulgar remarks against poor countries, had earlier said they could not recall if Trump had used a word like "sh**hole".

Trump also said he was "ready, willing and able" to reach a deal to protect illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children from being deported but that he did not believe Democrats wanted an agreement. The dreamers would be allowed to stay but not become USA citizens, according to Flake.

Trump also turned to the immigration issue on Twitter Sunday, reiterating his opposition to the visa lottery.

On Tuesday, however, a federal judge ordered the government to keep DACA going pending resolution of court challenges to the president's decision.

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