US President, Donald Trump, has maintained that he is “not a racist,” after his alleged “shithole” comment that triggered a global firestorm of criticism.
The President had tweeted a convoluted denial about the comments.
Speaking to reporters at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach Florida, while having a dinner with Republican House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, on Sunday, Trump said, “I’m not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you.
After lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador, the president reportedly demanded to know why the United States should accept immigrants from “shithole countries,” rather than – for instance – wealthy and overwhelmingly white Norway.
Trump also turned to the immigration issue on Twitter Sunday, reiterating his opposition to the visa lottery.
“I, as President, want people coming into our country who are going to help us become strong and great again, people coming in through a system based on MERIT. No more Lotteries! #AMERICA FIRST,” he tweeted.