Trump says 'I'm not a racist,' willing to reach deal on DACA

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 14, 2018 8:00 PM

(Note language that may offend some readers)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he is "not a racist" despite reports of his derogatory comments about immigrants from Haiti and Africa, adding that he was "ready, willing and able" to reach a deal to protect immigrants brought to the United States as children.

Asked by a reporter in Florida whether he was a racist following reports that he said immigrants from Haiti and Africa were from "shithole countries" in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, Trump said: "No. I'm not a racist. I'm the least racist person you have ever interviewed."

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(This version of the story has been refiled to fix wording in quote to "have ever interviewed" instead of "you will ever interview.")

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by David Lawder; Editing by Sandra Maler)