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Trump addressed the issue briefly as he arrived for dinner at his private golf club with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

President Donald Trump defended himself Sunday night after several days of controversy over his remarks about African countries, telling reporters, "I am not a racist".

But Trump's "shithole" comment is far from an aberration: the president has a long history of racist remarks and actions that undercut his claim about being "the least racist" person.

"I don't know that changing the word from "hole" to "house" changes the impact", Durbin told reporters Monday.

Trump has denied that he made the comments on Twitter, although the White House did not initially deny the report.

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The president reportedly used profane language while discussing immigration at an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers on Thursday.

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 be taking in migrants from countries like Norway. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, who was in the meeting, also confirmed Trump made the remark, although some Republican senators in the room said they did not remember hearing it.

"Considering the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the U.S. during the Atlantic slave trade, this flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice", he said through his spokesperson Ebba Kalondo.

Trump also said in the meeting that he would prefer immigrants from countries such as Norway instead.

While some senators and Trump aides have said they did not hear him use that exact word, others said they did.

Asked on Sunday on whether he thought the comments had made it harder to achieve any immigration deal, Mr Trump responded: "Have you seen what various senators said about my comments?"

"Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting", Trump tweeted, using a nickname to needle the IL senator.

Sen. Lindsey Graham is blaming President Donald Trump's staff for the president's about-face on immigration that appeared to scuttle a compromise deal to protect from deportation young people brought to the children and living here illegally. According to Sanders, "I've never heard him say anything like that". "The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel", he said. David Perdue, R-Ga., said.

"And if it is successful, as I believe it will be, (I hope) that Senator McConnell will include it as an amendment to must-pass legislation", he said.

But Durbin repeatedly accused the president of making racist comments.

Graham said he would continue to press for a deal based on what had been tentatively agreed the Thursday meeting.

Then there are what the president called "sh- countries" - Haiti and all the nations of Africa - whose people (overwhelmingly black and brown) the president doesn't think belong here.

The White House and Democrats in Congress are negotiating an immigration deal as lawmakers face a Friday deadline to pass a federal spending bill and avoid a government shutdown.



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