Trump won’t address ‘shithole’ remark while honoring MLK

President Trump on Friday signed a proclamation honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King — but ducked questions about whether he should apologize for calling African and Caribbean nations “shitholes” the day before.

“This is a great and important day, Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday, 2018, by the president of the United States of America, a proclamation. Congratulations to him,” the president said at the White House ceremony, apparently referring to the civil rights legend, who was felled by a white racist assassin’s bullet in April 1968.

After signing, Trump turned his back on reporters as they asked if he was going to apologize, and quickly walked through a door and out of the room.

Earlier, Trump claimed in a tweet that he had not slurred the countries.

“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings — unfortunately, no trust!” he wrote.

But Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), who was in the room with the president and other senators discussing immigration reform, insisted Friday that Trump was quoted accurately.

And three people briefed on the conversation say Trump questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like predominantly white Norway.


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