President Donald Trump held a brief gaggle with reporters on Sunday and told them he is “the least racist person you have ever interviewed,” days after numerous reports allege he derided “shithole” African countries and their emigrants.
Speaking to reporters in Florida after a dinner with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at Trump International Golf Club, the president was asked, “What do you say to all the people who think you’re a racist?”
“No, no I’m not a racist,” Trump replied, as a weary looking McCarthy stared away blankly.
“I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you,” he added.
Well that settles it!
The tough question for the president comes after the Washington Post reported last week that Trump derided immigrations from Haiti, El Salvador and other African nations as “people from shithole countries” in an Oval Office meeting on immigration.
Other news outlets corroborated the Post report, as well as a number of lawmakers who were present at the meeting.
The White House issued a statement on the reports, initially failing to deny Trump made the comments, and the president later tweeted a sloppy quasi-denial of the remarks.
Republican Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue initially said that they hadn’t heard the president make those remarks, but later revised their denials to declare the president definitely didn’t make the “shithole” comment.
Watch the president above, via MSNBC.
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