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

"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", Durbin told reporters Friday, after Trump tweeted a denial of sorts. Although it is being taken as a denial of the "sh*thole" comment, Mr. Trump did not specifically reference that phrase in his denial.

The White House did not deny Thursday that Trump used the vulgarity, first reported by The Washington Post and later confirmed by numerous other news outlets.

The president's latest comments drew reactions from overseas on Friday.

U.S. President Donald Trump has denied calling countries in Africa and elsewhere "shithole countries", saying he used tough language but not the pejorative expression attributed to him.

The comments come after reports the president referred to countries such as Haiti and El Salvador "shitholes" during a briefing on immigration laws and DACA policies. Instead, the United States should seek immigration from Norway, he reportedly said. "I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but "racist".

The remarks were allegedly made when lawmakers visited him on Thursday to discuss a bipartisan proposal that would impose new restrictions on immigration but protect the so-called "Dreamers" - hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children - from deportation.

This week Trump signed a measure creating a new national historic park for Martin Luther King Georgia.

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"It may be called the White House, but this is the country of color". "I think President Trump is racially ignorant and racially uninformed".

There were also questions about which lawmakers were in position to conduct meaningful talks. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 GOP senator, and other Republicans have derided the group of six senators as having little clout.

Ben Marter, a spokesman for Durbin, did not provide details of the conversation but said the senator was "encouraged" by Trump's reaction. He said he wants to call the bill to the floor of the Senate early next week. That's because 60 votes will be needed to avoid a filibuster and Republicans have a narrow 51-49 majority.

After Trump denied using the slur, Sen.

The Washington Post first reported Trump's vulgar remarks Thursday. He complained that the USA, instead, should accept people from places such as Norway.

In another tweet focusing on Haiti, Trump asserted: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians and other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". "I have not read one of them that is inaccurate". "Do we need more Haitians?'"

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"I'm not sure what the next step will be", Durbin told reporters.

The Trump administration announced late a year ago that it would end a temporary residency permit program that allowed nearly 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States following a devastating 2010 natural disaster.

This makes chain migration the largest driver of immigration to the US - making up more than 70 percent - with every two new immigrants bringing seven foreign relatives with them.

"I refused. because I'm not going to serve under Trump", she said. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" he said. Day, which is Monday.

Congressional Black Caucus leader Cedric Richmond said that Trump's comments are "proof" that his Make America Great Again slogan really means "Make America White Again".

The U.S. president's remark was "particularly surprising as the United States of America remains a global example of how migration gave birth to a nation built on strong values of diversity and opportunity", she said.

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