Trump de­fends slurs while denying them

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US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has of­fered a par­tial de­nial in pub­lic but pri­vately de­fended his ex­tra­or­di­nary re­marks dis­parag­ing Haitians and African coun­tries.

Trump said he was only ex­press­ing what many think but won’t say about im­mi­grants from eco­nom­i­cally de­pressed coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to a per­son who spoke to him.

The pres­i­dent spent time call­ing friends and out­side ad­vis­ers to judge their re­ac­tion, said the con­fi­dant, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Trump wasn’t apolo­getic about the in­flam­ma­tory re­marks and de­nied he was racist, in­stead, blam­ing the me­dia for dis­tort­ing his mean­ing, the con­fi­dant said.

Crit­ics of the pres­i­dent, in­clud­ing some Repub­li­cans, blasted the vul­gar com­ments made in the Oval Of­fice. In a meet­ing with a group of sen­a­tors, Trump had ques­tioned why the US would ac­cept more im­mi­grants from Haiti and “shit­hole coun­tries” in Africa as he re­jected a bi­par­ti­san im­mi­gra­tion deal.

Trou­ble is pil­ing up for Mr Trump, with the US Am­bas­sador to Panama John Fee­ley re­sign­ing, say­ing he no longer feels able to serve Trump.

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