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Trump allegedly took a ‘victory lap’ after his ‘shithole’ remark

After making his “shithole” comment about Haiti and Africa during an Oval Office meeting, President Trump phoned aides, allies and friends to ask how they thought the slur played out in the press, according to a report.

One White House official described the president’s actions as a “victory lap,” CNN reported.

On Friday, Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Virginia) said she “can’t defend what the president reportedly said,” adding that “we are all made in the image and likeness of God.”

“What we need now is not division or discord, but finding a way we can come together and agree, as well as civilly disagree, as we tackle our diverse American challenges,” she said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) insisted Trump’s remark was “unfortunate” — but not racist.

“I think it’s an unfortunate comment. I disagree with it. I think it’s an indefensible comment, but I think it’s important also to look at, what’s the context in the negotiations and the conversations that were taking place,” he told CNN.

Asked why he didn’t think the “shithole” comment was racist, Duffy said: “I don’t think Donald Trump is a racist. Donald Trump — if you look at the economy — it’s affecting everybody. African-Americans and Asian and Hispanics.”

Duffy added that a DACA deal could still get done even amid the controversy.

“I think there’s a willingness to get a DACA deal done. We want to take care of the kids, but also we want to get to the root cause of the problem. Democrats have to come to the table,” Duffy told CNN.

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Florida), who exchanged jabs with Trump over how he spoke to the widow of a US soldier last year, also weighed in on the comments.

“Not only has @realDonaldTrump revealed himself to be an insensitive, bigoted racist to people and countries of color, today he reminded us that he will lie to the American public to save face.

“I am a former school principal who continues to be immersed in the lives of children and am at a loss about how to explain to them how a president of the united states can be so cruel and callous toward black and brown people,” she continued.

“I am embarrassed and outraged on behalf of my Haitian, Salvadoran and African constituents who are stunned and disturbed by the racist in the White House.”

And Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) tweeted: “The words used by the President, as related to me directly following the meeting by those in attendance, were not ‘tough,’ they were abhorrent and repulsive.”

Flake said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and an unnamed GOP senator, both of whom attended the meeting, told him about the remarks before they were published in the Washington Post.

 

Source: https://nypost.com/2018/01/12/trump-allegedly-took-a-victory-lap-after-his-shithole-remark/

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