Trump defends slurs while denying them
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.