Trump says 'I'm not a racist,' willing to reach deal on DACA

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 20, 2018

The survey began the evening The Washington Post first reported on the remark, at which time the Trump administration had issued a statement that did not deny the president had made the comment.

President Donald Trump says he's not a racist. One person who attended the meeting told aides they heard the latter expletive, while others recalled the president saying the more widely reported "shithole", according to a person briefed on the meeting but not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

DACA is at the center of the debate between the White House and Congress on a bill to fund the government and avoid a shutdown at the end of this week.

A senior White House official said Trump does not believe he has an ally on this issue in Graham, a Republican who has long tried to partner with Democrats on immigration legislation.

That is what led to a very tense meeting and Trump was very combative, doing the opposite of what he had said to Durbin on the phone just a couple hours earlier.

"Honestly, I don't think Democrats want to make a deal", he told reporters. "Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military", Trump added.

Using derogatory language to portray those Haitians and our brothers and sisters from many African countries and in the Latin America is outrageous, disgraceful, and is an insult and affront to the black race, an embarrassment to the American people, as well as a dishonor for the office of the presidency. The Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program shields those individuals, often called the Dreamers, from deportation.

He also mentioned the idea of recording future meetings due to a "Lack of trust".

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Trump took particular issue with the idea that people who'd fled to the US after disasters hit their homes in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti would be allowed to stay as part of the deal, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly describe the discussion.

The story was having an effect on the White House by midday Tuesday.

"Poor people do not leave their countries because of wanderlust: They leave because life feels pretty 's***ty, ' " she wrote. "A lot of things can happen", he said.

It had been alleged that Mr Trump had asked: "Why do we want all these people from s***-hole countries coming here?" This followed the South African government issuing a démarche to acting U.S. ambassador Jessye Lapenn, summoning her to a meeting at the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) to explain Trump's reported insult.

"Certainly if the comment was made I can understand how it could be interpreted that way". Perdue said flatly that the word was never used; Cotton said he did not hear it used. "That's when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from 'shitholes, '" Durbin told reporters.

"It is unfortunate that since he assumed power, President Trump has lived up to his pre-election image of a selfish and hate-driven man with a potential to not only isolate America from the rest of the world, but also a penchant to spark unnecessary outrage that is likely to change the world order".

He doesn't care if people get kicked off their health insurance, he doesn't care if we slash Social Security, and Medicare, and Medicaid. Associated Press writers Alan Fram, Marcy Gordon, and Josh Lederman contributed from Washington.

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