He told White House press pool reporters in Florida: "No, no, I'm not a racist".
Mr. Trump also accused Democrats of failing to advance any bipartisan agreement regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) - the Obama-era program protecting young immigrants from deportation. Trump announced past year that he will end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, unless lawmakers come up with a solution by March.
Bennet is part of a group of bipartisan senators who announced on Thursday that they reached a deal that would incorporate four issues the White House wanted to include: DACA, border security, chain migration, and the visa lottery system.
President Trump on Sunday night repeated his claim that he is "the least racist person you have ever interviewed". I think he has been clear and I would certainly say undoubtedly the president will use, continue to use strong language when it comes to this issue.
But other Republicans, pained by the turn of events, spoke out against the president as debate over the slur spilled into Sunday television talk shows. "I think they were unfortunate", she said.
I have been to 20 African countries.
Georgia Sen. David Perdue called reports describing Trump as using vile language in the meeting a "gross misrepresentation" and said Democratic Sen. Earlier in an eventful week, Mr Trump also declared himself a "stable genius" and declared the Russian links probe would pass him by.More news: Sri Lanka's president reinstates alcohol ban for women
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The President sought to shift from the defensive by portraying Democrats as not truly interested in an immigration deal. They don't want to stop drugs, and they want to take money away from our military, which we can not do. "We remain committed to working together to realize the promise of a more prosperous 21st century Africa‚" the Embassy tweeted.
South Africa's foreign office has summoned the deputy chief of mission at the USA embassy to protest over the reported comments, although Ghana has denied media reports that it has done likewise.
"I don't think the Democrats want to make a deal", he said.
"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", White House spokesman Raj Shah said. The Dreamers would be allowed to stay but not become United States citizens, according to Flake.
The controversy sparked a strong backlash, both in the USA and internationally, with Trump's opponents accusing him of flat-out racism, and countries he allegedly insulted demanding explanation and apologies.