Are you a racist?' Trump questioned over 's***hole' remarks

Durbin on Trump'He Said These Hate Filled Things

Trump was unapologetic, denied being racist and blamed his usual scapegoat - the media.

Almost a year into Trump's presidency, members of Congress are still struggling to relate to the unorthodox Trump and his spontaneous, often crude remarks.

Using vulgar language, Trump on Thursday questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway in rejecting a bipartisan immigration deal.

When asked about the comments directly, President Trump had no comment.

Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the only Democrat in the room, said Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said.

"He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly", insisted Sen. Former VP Joe Biden also had choice words about Trump's language, tweeting, "It's not what a president should believe". "For years, I and others have been trying to tell you, the American people, that this man has been exhibiting bigoted behavior". "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" - referring to his remarks.

During a segment on Cooper's show, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said that "this president, deep down, may just be a racist". The White House did not deny the comment.

The United States itself has its own problems such as unemployment among millions of people, inequality and non-access to healthcare for many poor people, Duarte said.

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It is unclear now how a deal might emerge, and failure could lead to a USA government shutdown. "Members of Congress have a responsibility to the American people and our democracy to impeach him", Waters said in a statement on her website.

On the streets of Lusaka, capital of the southern African country of Zambia, Trump's reported remark reinforced long-held views about the U.S. leader. But some Democrats have threatened to withhold support unless an immigration pact is forged. Dick Durbin (D-IL) confirmed the allegations.

On Friday's agenda is Trump's first physical exam since he's taken office.

"I did consider the remark to be completely inappropriate and somewhat offensive", Rosen said. "Why don't we get more people from Norway?"

Among other objections, Mr Trump said the plan did not provide proper funding for the proposed wall that he made a centre-piece of his election campaign.

The 55-country African Union (AU) has demanded that United States president Donald Trump apologise for saying the USA should not accept immigrants from "shithole" African nations like Haiti, The Hill reported on Saturday (Jan 13).

Two Republican senators who were in the room have said they do not recall the president making those remarks specifically. "They are all talk and no action", Trump tweeted. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

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