After coming under fire for reportedly calling several nations “shithole countries” during an Oval Office meeting on immigration, US President Donald Trump once again denied the allegations on Sunday and told reporters that the statements were not made. “No. I’m not a racist,” he clarified.
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After receiving backlash for reportedly calling Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries” during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers on immigration, US President Donald Trump denied accusations of racism on Sunday. “No. I’m not a racist,” the president told reporters. “I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed. That I can tell you.”
Trump also denied using the derogatory terms during the meeting. “Did you see what various senators in the room said about my comments?” he asked. “They weren’t made.”
The president was accused of complaining about the US receiving immigrants from said countries instead of Europe. “Why don’t we get more people from Norway?” Trump reportedly asked during the meeting, according to Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, who attended. Republican senator David Perdue, who was also present at the meeting, told journalists on Sunday that the reports concerning the derogatory terms were a “gross misrepresentation.”
On Friday, Donald Trump denied the allegations in a series of posts on his Twitter account. “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough,” he wrote. “But this was not the language used.” An hour later, the US president wrote: “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!”