'I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed'

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"They weren't made", he told reporters, presumably referring to two Republicans who said earlier Sunday that they had not heard the president make derogatory comments about Haiti and Africa during the meeting.

If you want to know President Trump's position on any given policy issue, the last person you should ask is President Trump. "I can tell you explicitly they are wrong". While Trump is known for saying offensive and outlandish things, this time, the rest of the world seems to have had enough.

But Senator Dick Durbin said the accusations were true and that Trump had used a language "full of hate, vile and racist" during the meeting.

Trump was meeting with lawmakers about a potential deal on immigration last week when he questioned why the USA should admit more people from Africa and Haiti.

It comes after the Trump administration confirmed it will no longer provide immigration status for El Salvador immigrants, would could see 200,000 Salvadorans leave the U.S. from September next year.

A statement from Raj Shah, a deputy White House press secretary, did not deny that Trump made the comments.

The Department has noted President Trump's tweet on Friday, 12 January 2018, in which he denies making the crude and offensive statement.

"In every respect, what [Trump] is showing us is that he is a racist", Becerra said.

Trump has not clarified to aides what he said.

The U.S. Embassy confirmed it received the request.

"The president does not understand us", Jean Bruny, a Haitian pastor in West Palm Beach, on Monday.

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Asked by CNN's Jim Acosta whether he said he wanted more people to come to the United States from Norway, Trump said, "We want them to come in from everywhere, everywhere". "Tuesday we had a president that I was proud to golf with, call my friend, who understood immigration had to be bipartisan", Graham said.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, one of the six senators in the meeting with Trump on Thursday, supported Durbin's account. On Sunday, they backtracked and challenged other senators' descriptions of the remarks. Durbin was the only Democrat at the meeting. Lindsey Graham of SC, has implicitly affirmed Durbin's account in a statement. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who also attended the meeting, told him the reports were accurate.

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

"I am telling you that he did not use that word".

But Senator Dick Durbin insisted the United States leader had used "hate-filled, vile and racist language during the meeting". People make mistakes. We're not asking for impeachment.

Former model Ivana, 68, released a tell-all memoir, Raising Trump, late a year ago foccused on her three children and her relationship with the former business mogul who became President.

Durbin said Monday the White House should release whatever recording it might have of the meeting.

He was referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects young people who came to the U.S. illegally as children.

Some Democrats have threatened to vote against legislation to extend government funding, which expires on Friday, unless protections for the Dreamers are included.

"I don't think Democrats want to make a deal". Day, can't have helped, and "shithole" has remained in the news, an unwelcome distraction from more important Congressional business such as budget talks and DACA.

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