Trump’s ‘s#!thole’ up­roar Prez ‘paid off porn star’ It’s only been a year, folks

New York Post - - FRONT PAGE - By BOB FRED­ER­ICKS and RUTH BROWN Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Abigail Gep­ner and Wire Ser­vices

You’ve seen the com­ments in the press. I’ve not read one of them that’s in­ac­cu­rate . . . [Pres­i­dent Trump] said th­ese hate-filled things, and he said them re­peat­edly. — Illi­nois Sen. Dick Durbin, who was at the meet­ing Fol­low­ing com­ments by the pres­i­dent, I said my piece di­rectly to him yes­ter­day [Thurs­day]. The pres­i­dent and all those at­tend­ing the meet­ing know what I said and how I feel. — GOP Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham of South Carolina

Pres­i­dent Trump’s “s--thole” re­marks turned into a full-blown s--tstorm Fri­day, with a flurry of con­fus­ing de­nials, global out­rage — and an awk­ward White House event hon­or­ing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Trump re­port­edly used the word to slur some African na­tions, El Sal­vador and Haiti dur­ing a meet­ing with law­mak­ers on im­mi­gra­tion Thurs­day.

A day later, the com­man­der in chief signed a procla­ma­tion cel­e­brat­ing the great civil-rights leader and was bar­raged with ques­tions from re­porters like “Are you a racist?” as he stood with King Jr.’s nephew.

Trump didn’t an­swer, turned his back and left the room.

The mo­ment was a low point in a day that be­gan with the pres­i­dent deny­ing on Twit­ter that he had made the vile re­marks.

“The lan­guage used by me at the DACA meet­ing was tough, but this was not the lan­guage used. What was re­ally tough was the out­landish pro­posal made — a big set­back for DACA!” the pres­i­dent tweeted early Fri­day.

A sec­ond tweet read: “Never said any­thing deroga­tory about Haitians other than Haiti is, ob­vi­ously, a very poor and trou­bled coun­try. Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a won­der­ful re­la­tion­ship with Haitians. Prob­a­bly should record fu­ture meet­ings — un­for­tu­nately, no trust!”

But Sen. Dick Durbin of Illi­nois — the only Demo­crat at the meet­ing — later con­firmed that not only did Trump say “th­ese hate-filled things,” he said them more than once.

“You’ve seen the com­ments in the press. I’ve not read one of them that’s in­ac­cu­rate. To no sur­prise, the pres­i­dent started tweet­ing this morn­ing, deny­ing that he used those words. It is not true. He said th­ese hate-filled things, and he said them re­peat­edly,” Durbin told CNN.

Durbin said GOP Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham “spoke up and made a di­rect com­ment on what the pres­i­dent said” at the time. Gra­ham, who was at the meet­ing to present an im­mi­gra­tion plan with Durbin, ac­knowl­edged only vaguely that the pres­i­dent made “com­ments.”

“Fol­low­ing com­ments by the pres­i­dent, I said my piece di­rectly to him yes­ter­day. The pres­i­dent and all those at­tend­ing the meet­ing know what I said and how I feel,” Gra­ham said.

Other Repub­li­cans present in­cluded Sens. David Per­due of Ge­or­gia and Tom Cot­ton of Arkansas — who is­sued a joint state­ment claim­ing they “do not re­call” the com­ment “specif­i­cally.” Reps. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.) and Robert W. Good­latte (Va.) all re­fused to con­firm or deny the re­ports.

Mean­while, scorn poured in from world lead­ers, diplo­mats and im­mi­grants born in the be­smirched na­tions.

Sene­gal’s pres­i­dent, Macky Sall, said he was “shocked,” adding, “Africa and the black race merit the re­spect and con­sid­er­a­tion of all.”

The UN’s hu­man-rights of­fice said Trump’s words “go against the univer­sal val­ues the world has been striv­ing so hard to es­tab­lish since World War II and the Holo­caust.”

“This isn’t just a story about vul­gar lan­guage. It’s about open­ing the door to hu­man­ity’s worst side,” said UN spokesman Ru­pert Colville.

Even King Jr.’s nephew — who stood awk­wardly by the pres­i­dent dur­ing the procla­ma­tion-sign­ing cer­e­mony — was forced to weigh in, later say­ing Trump is “racially ig­no­rant” but not “a racist.”

“I think Pres­i­dent Trump is racially ig­no­rant and racially uni­formed. But I don’t think he is a racist in the tra­di­tional sense,” Isaac New­ton Far­ris Jr. told CNN.

And in the Flat­bush sec­tion of Brook­lyn — known as New York’s “Lit­tle Haiti” — lo­cals said the pres­i­dent’s re­marks stung.

“No Haitian likes the way the pres­i­dent is tak­ing about Haitian peo­ple,” said Serge C., 59, who ar­rived in the US in 1984.

Seven days from his in­au­gu­ral an­niver­sary, and Trump was un­der fire for call­ing Haiti and Africa “s#!tholes” and pay­ing off al­leged mis­tress Stormy Daniels. MLK Jr.’s nephew Isaac New­ton Far­ris called the pres­i­dent “racially ig­no­rant.”

AWK­WARD! Amid the furor over his Thurs­day com­ments about Haiti, El Sal­vador and African na­tions — com­ments blasted by crit­ics as racist — Pres­i­dent Trump pre­sides over a cer­e­mony Fri­day in DC with the kin of Martin Luther King Jr.

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