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

Rep. John Lewis speaking in 2016. Image via AP  Scott Applewhite

Senator Dick Durbin, a Democratic sponsor of the bipartisan deal on the Dreamers who was present at the meeting, said Trump made the quoted "shithole countries" remark not once, but repeatedly. "It make me cry", Lewis said in a Sunday interview with ABC's This Week.

J. Edgar Boyd urged his congregation at First African Methodist Episcopal Church to pray for Trump, and asked God to hold the president accountable for "his words, his deeds, and his actions".

The president finally addressed the disparaging remarks in person as he was headed to dinner at his golf club in West Palm Beach with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

His administration has been withdrawing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from some nationalities that now lives in the United States.

According to CNN, citing people with knowledge of the conversation, Mr Trump allegedly asked: "Why are we having all these people from s*hole countries come here?" at a meeting with Congress members at the White House.

They said Trump expressed a preference for immigrants from countries like Norway, which is overwhelmingly white.

"I can't defend the indefensible", said Mia Love, a Haitian-American congresswoman from Utah who campaigned on Trump's behalf in the country's Haitian community.

They also said that during the meeting, the President questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the US.

Who backed up the claims? While the president veered off script, his party also spent the weekend quibbling over what was said and where the disputed comments sit on the scale of moral repugnance.

But Senator Dick Durbin insisted the U.S. leader had used "hate-filled, vile and racist language during the meeting".

Several senior Republican lawmakers at the meeting appeared on the Sunday shows to back up Trump.

"Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting". On Friday, in the immediate aftermath, he had said he could not recall the conversation. But he has been widely condemned in many African countries and by global rights organisations.

"I don't know if there will be a shutdown, there shouldn't be", he said.

The United States, represented by Deputy Chief of Mission David J. Young as the ambassador was not in Nigeria, said there were contradictory accounts as to whether the remarks were made, the statement said.

Trump declined to answer further questions from reporters who were gathered for a brief photo opportunity as Trump met with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Oval Office.

What has the reaction been? . The African Union, an global organization which aims to advance cooperation between the countries on this continent, also expressed its concern. The president reportedly referred to African nations as "shithole countries".

But in a revealing detail, South Africa was unable to summon the USA ambassador for the formal protest on Monday - because Mr. Trump has never bothered to appoint an ambassador in South Africa.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) accused the president of falling "deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of racism and xenophobia". "That's when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from 'shitholes, '" Durbin said.

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