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."

(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)