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Trump says he is not racist

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  16 Jan 2018 12:00 AM GMT

Washington, Jan 15: US President Dold Trump has said he was not a racist after he was criticized over his “sh**hole” characterisation of African countries. “h, I’m not a racist. I’m the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you,” a report in the Washington Post quoted Trump as saying. According to people present in the Oval Office meeting last week, Trump was frustrated that migrants from El Salvador, Haiti and certain African countries were allowed into the US. “Why are we having all these people from s**thole countries come here,” he said, evoking sharp criticism.

Interestingly, Setors Tom Cotton and David Perdue, who were present when Trump made the vulgar remarks against poor countries, had earlier said they could not recall if Trump had used a word like “sh**hole”. However, on Sunday they clearly denied that Trump had said so. “The White House did not dispute Trump’s use of the vulgarity. Trump offered a vague denial in a tweet on Friday, and not until Cotton and Perdue spoke on Sunday did another participant challenge whether Trump had used the word ‘sh**hole’,” the Post reported. The UN’s human rights office on Friday said derogatory remarks made by US President Dold Trump regarding the tions of El Salvador and Haiti were “racist”. Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for the United tion High Commissioner for Human Rights, condemned Trump’s characterisation of the two countries as “s**tholes” during a meeting on Thursday with lawmakers on a bipartisan immigration deal, Efe news agency reported. (IANS)

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