Donald Trump: I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he and House Majority Leader Kevin Mc Carthy arrive for dinner at Trumps golf club in West

Other leaders across the continent have also summoned the U.S. ambassadors to protest against President Donald Trump's alleged use of the word "shithole" to describe African states.

Trump has been accused of using a vulgar word to describe African countries during an Oval Office meeting last week with a bipartisan group of senators.

"Nah, I'm not a racist".

"No, no I'm not racist - I am the least racist person you've ever interviewed".

It is the first time the president has responded directly to the racism accusations.

Trump addressed the issue briefly Sunday as he arrived for dinner at his Florida golf club.

The president said he was misquoted.

The President has drawn sharp criticism since he was reported to have called African countries "s***holes" while discussing immigration with lawmakers Thursday. On Capitol Hill, Democrats and some Republicans denounced Trump's remark as they've tried to reach a deal on immigration, which could be essential to avoiding a government shutdown later this week.

Tom Cotton, told reporters they "did not recall" the president using an obscenity to describe Haiti, El Salvador and the nations of Africa.


Who backed up the claims?

Also on Sunday, conservative writer Rich Lowry suggested on ABC's "This Week", and a Washington Post reporter tweeted, that some White House aides believe Trump said "shithouse", not "shithole".

DACA, which is an acronym for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, allows illegal immigrants who came here before they turned 16 to apply for protection from deportation.

But another Republican senator who was there, Lindsey Graham, did not deny the comments were made. "The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel", he said.

Senator Perdue who was actually at the White House meeting last week has been very clear that this is a gross misrepresentation of the discussion, which was focused on fixing our current immigration system so that it protects all Americans and our national interests.

"We're ready, willing and able to make a deal on DACA, but I don't think the Democrats want to make a deal ..."

What has the reaction been?

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that some in the White House have raised the possibility that Trump used the term "s***house countries" instead. "You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes".

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