I am not a racist

But in between, the president sat in a White House meeting on immigration policy and denigrated much of the African diaspora as "sh-hole countries" while expressing a preference for immigrants from Norway, a majority white nation.

Trump last week rejected an immigration deal drafted by a bipartisan group of senators. Dick Durbin and Republican Sen.

Basketball star LeBron James said Trump's example emboldened people with racist views. "I don't know how this ends, but you're going to be taken care of".

Attitudes toward the US have changed in Africa since Trump took office, according to a Pew poll in June.

On Capitol Hill, Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified under oath Tuesday that she "did not hear" Trump use the vulgarity to describe African countries.

Trump has denied being racist, labeling himself the "least racist person there is" during his 2016 campaign. Cotton said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he "didn't hear" the vulgar word. But by Sunday, Trump was telling anyone who would listen that he is "not a racist," and that he hadn't actually made the "shithole" remark.

Just over one-quarter of Americans said they agreed with the comment, while 58 percent said they disagreed.

President Trump said Sunday the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals program is "probably dead" thanks to Democrats. It means that you buy into an ideal of self-representation, compassion, tolerance, the ability to practice one's religion without interference and the acceptance of those who are different. "There was cross-talk", she explained at a congressional hearing, but she didn't "dispute the president was using tough language". "This is an important issue, he's passionate about it, he's not going to apologize for trying to fix our immigration system".

A deal on immigration reform is being worked out between the president and Congress as part of a spending bill that must pass by Friday if a government shutdown is to be avoided.

Mr. Trump has condemned USA immigration policy for years, and especially since a terrorist attack in NY last October killed eight people. He is said to have also questions the need to admit more Haitians to the country, according to those who were briefed on the meeting.

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When that failed, he said he went to his girlfriend's house and then returned to the park a few hours later to look for Bernstein. On Monday, hundreds of people gathered to mourn Bernstein's death at a memorial service at the University Synagogue in Irvine.

For the past six months, Trump remained opened to striking a deal whereby legal immigration levels were cut in half in order to relieve America's working and middle class and raise their wages, all while giving amnesty to the almost 800,000 DACA illegal aliens - even though such a deal would run counter to his commitment to voters that he would never consider amnesty until pro-American immigration reforms were enacted and implemented. The program shielded these immigrants, often referred to as "Dreamers", from deportation and granted them permits to work.

Trump commented as Durbin was presenting details of a compromise immigration plan that included providing $1.6 billion for a first installment of the president's long-sought border wall.

"I think somebody on his staff gave him really bad advice between 10 o'clock to 12 o'clock on Thursday", Graham said.

Trump also previously complained that immigrants from Haiti "all have AIDS", according to the New York Times. The president then suggested the USA should take more people from places like Norway. "Come on. To think that the President of the United States would refer to any country on Earth as an S-House country, for goodness' sakes, what does that say?"

"This is a president that said things differently than clearly I would say them", he said Monday.

Protesters waving the national flag of Haiti (R) look on near supporters of US President Donald Trump (L) as the president's motorcade drives by in West Palm Beach, Florida. Trump wasn't apologetic and denied he was racist, said the confidant, who wasn't authorized to disclose a private conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump insisted in a tweet on Friday that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

Towards the end of 2017, Democrats in the House and Senate made similar threats that they would shut down the federal government over an amnesty for illegal aliens. I spent time with students from across Africa coming to learn Mandarin as a way to land a dream job in China or take a slice from the growing Chinese presence in every corner of the continent. People were admitted to the United States who were not likely to assimilate and thrive, he said.

The alleged remarks brought down furious condemnation on Trump from Democrats and media talking heads. David Perdue went on ABC's "This Week" to call reports that Trump used vile language in the meeting a "gross misrepresentation".

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