Trump says he's no racist, opens DACA door


Also Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo on Saturday said Donald Trump's reported description of African nations as "shithole countries" was unacceptable, while his predecessor branded the USA head of state a racist.

"Honestly I don't think the Democrats want to make a deal", Trump said.

The Washington Post, citing people brief on the meeting, reported last week that Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as s--thole countries, setting of a political firestorm.

Are you saying the president did not use the word that has been so widely reported?

Trump also rejected making the statements that reporters attributed to him, but did not say which statements were and were not his. He said Durbin and Republican Sen.

Other worldwide organisations including the United Nations and the African Union, politicians and people from African countries and the Caribbean are outraged over President Trump's latest remarks, deemed "racist" by some.

As the White House tried to turn the conversation back to the merits, senators grilled Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about what she heard the president say in a meeting with lawmakers in the Oval Office last Thursday.

On Friday, Cotton and Perdue issued a statement saying they did not recall the "shithole" comment. Trump wasn't apologetic and denied he was racist, instead blaming the media for distorting his meaning, said the confidant, who wasn't authorized to disclose a private conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

"I have absolutely no concerns about his cognitive ability", Jackson said, noting that Trump scored at 30 out of 30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment test.

Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the only Democrat in the room, said Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said. He said Mr Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC were mistaken in indicating that was the case.

Earlier in his remarks and during a press conference at the PLP's headquarters, Mr Davis said his party stands in support of CARICOM's position. Mr Graham also attended the meeting.

Appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation", Cotton repeated Sunday that he never heard Trump use the expression and suggested Durbin "has a history of misrepresenting what happens in White House meetings".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said after Mr. Trump's remarks that Congress should pass a standalone amnesty without any border security or other add-ons. "I'll just say, what Senator Durbin has portrayed is a misportrayal", the Arkansas senator told Little Rock radio station KARN on Tuesday.

And he wrote: "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians".

Word of Trump's comments threatened to upend delicate negotiations over resolving the status of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children. Fifty-five percent of Americans think Donald Trump's response to criticism is that he just argues with those who disagree, but the resisters (73 percent) view Trump as trying to suppress the views of those who disagree with him. He tweeted earlier on Sunday that the existing program would "probably" be discontinued. Dr. Jackson discussed the details of President Trump's physical check-up from last week.

Some Democrats have threatened to vote against legislation to extend government funding, which expires on Friday, unless protections for the Dreamers are included. Two-thirds of Trump backers think he works for their racial group. I don't know which context they were made.