Donald Trump, the President of the United States, has informed journalists that he is “the least racist person you’ve ever interviewed” after reports that he referred to Africa and Haiti as “s***hole countries.”
The incendiary comments were allegedly made during a private meeting. The remarks provoked forthright condemnation from both the United Nations and the African Union, while politicians from both the main parties in the United States described them as racist.
On Sunday, as he arrived for dinner at his private golf club with Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader, President Trump was asked regarding the comments that he made.
When asked by a reporter, Trump answered: “No. I’m not a racist. I’m the least racist person you have ever interviewed.”
The US President has denied making the said disparaging remarks. However, Richard Durbin, the Democrat Senator who was present during the White House meeting, said that Trump had used the term.
Jeff Flake, the Republican Senator, claimed that he was informed about the remarks by his colleagues who attended the said meeting even before the news reports emerged.
On ABC’s This Week programme, Flake said: “I heard that account before the account even went public.”
Their accounts contrasted with the reports from the others who were present during the said meeting, one of whom denied that Trump had used the term, while another said that he did not recall the president making the said comments.
David Perdue, the Republican Senator who was at the meeting, called the reports as a “gross misrepresentation.”
Perdue informed This Week: “I’m telling you, he did not use that word.”
The Congress is currently looking for a bipartisan compromise in order to salvage the DACA or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which was the subject of the said meeting at which the comments that were attributed to Trump were reportedly made.
President Trump has said that he is “ready, willing and able” to reach a deal on DACA in order to protect illegal immigrants that were brought to the United States as children from being deported. However, he says that he does not believe that the Democrats want an agreement to lengthen it.
The US President had earlier posted a tweet that the existing programme would “probably” be discontinued.
On Twitter, Trump said: “DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our military.”