President Trump denies making s***hole comments, says he's 'not a racist'

What has been reported widely and confirmed by people - Republicans and Democrats - in the room is that President Trump, the leader of the free world and the embodiment of all things America - referred to African countries as "shitholes" and questioned "why we need more Haitians" in America.

"I am not a racist".

I am a Republican in the era of Donald Trump, and I am emotionally depleted by the constant cruelty of the President of the United States.

The president also questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the USA, according to people who were briefed on the conversation but were not authorised to describe the meeting publicly.

The White House has not denied that Trump said "shithole", though Trump has already pushed back on some depictions of the meeting.

Efforts to extend the program are further complicated because it could make a funding bill to avert a government shutdown due Friday more hard.

He blamed Democrats for failing to reach a deal on DACA, the Obama-era policy that offers protection for children who were brought to the USA illegally.

On Tuesday, however, a federal judge ordered the government to keep DACA going pending resolution of court challenges to the president's decision.

Trump reportedly made the remarks at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday.

The president used 10 exclamation marks on Christmas Day alone, across three tweets wishing his followers a merry Christmas.

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"This is even more hurtful given the historical reality of just how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, and also terribly surprising as the United States remains a massively positive example as just how migration can give birth to a nation", Kalondo said. "We can not let this derail us".

The president's remarks come after a weekend of non-stop criticism and calls for him to apologize.

Trump denied making the remarks Friday, although U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, who was in the White House meeting, said the president had used the term.

Meanwhile, dimming prospects for a 2018 spending agreement means lawmakers will have to resort to a temporary funding extension to avert a government shutdown on January 19. He did not address the reports that he disparaged African nations and ignored questions about the comments from reporters.

Their proposal centered on a deal that would offer DREAM Act-like deportation protections for the young immigrants in exchange for border security measures and new limits on legal immigration through family unification visas and the diversity lottery. The president's inflammatory comments left lawmakers struggling to find a path forward.

"If they are to be true, we hope there will possibly be an apology for what was said here because we thought they were misplaced, they were misguided", Altidor said. What was reported was unacceptable.

CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said they will "be asking Republican leadership to bring our resolution of censure - which we plan to release next week, after the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday - up for swift consideration and approval".

He tweeted on Friday to deny making the comments, which were reported by several United States papers and confirmed by Democrat Senator Dick Durbin, who was at the meeting in question. He called the new stories a "gross misrepresentation". We have lowered their expectations and told them that it's good for presidents to be dumber, that it's good to have a guy that speaks like you, like a guy you'd expect to sit next to you in your little local bar.

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, the only Democrat at Thursday's meeting, said Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said.

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