White House Won't Deny Trump's Slur About Haiti, African Nations

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US President Donald Trump insisted on Sunday "I'm not a racist" in response to reports that he had described immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from "shithole countries".

Dick Durbin is questioning the credibility of a Republican senator who says President Donald Trump did not refer to African countries using a vulgarity during a closed-door meeting.

Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the only Democrat at Thursday's meeting, said Mr Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said.

"Honestly I don't think the Democrats want to make a deal", Trump said. "Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military", Trump tweeted Monday.

Mr Trump has not clarified to aides what he said, but told reporters on Sunday night in Florida that comments attributed to him "weren't made".

Sen. Graham shared a statement on Friday which said: "Following comments by the President, I said my piece to him directly yesterday".

Durbin said Trump referred to some African nations as "shithole countries" during that same meeting, on January 9, 2018.

Negotiations suffered a major setback last week after Trump reportedly used vulgar language to describe Caribbean and African nations. Instead, he blamed the media for "distorting his meaning", according to the confidant who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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While entering the Trump International Golf Course with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Trump was asked many questions. "I can tell you explicitly they are wrong", the Illinois Democrat told CNN's Jake Tapper in an exclusive sit-down interview.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme created by President Barack Obama prevents deportation of people who arrived in the USA as minor.

The path to a deal seems even more complicated after last week's coarse Oval Office conversation, and Mr Trump has accused Mr Durbin of undermining the trust necessary to reach an agreement.

Mr. Trump has been calling for the merit-based immigration system, of which people from countries like India could be a major beneficiary, to reduce overall immigration to the US.

Several Democratic representatives have said they intend to skip the president's State of the Union address later this month over the comments, accusing the president of racism. "Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems".

Among what's planned this coming weekend will be Trump having a private dinner with a sweepstakes victor, reportedly at Mar-a-Lago, his private club.

Monyela said relations between South Africa and the USA, and between the rest of Africa and the United States, must be based on mutual respect and understanding.

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