President Donald Trump fled from journalists after signing on proclamation to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Trump has come under fired for reportedly referring to Haitians and Africans coming from “sh*thole countries.”
CNN reporter April Ryan shouted:
Mr. President, will you give an apology for the statement yesterday? Mr. President, are you a racist? Mr. President, will you respond to these serious questions about this statement, sir? Mr. President, are you a racist?
Trump tweeted a denial:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
But Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois told reporters that Trump said “hate-filled, vile, and racist” comments during a White House meeting (video below):
But I cannot believe that in the history of the White House — in that Oval Office — any president has spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.
You’ve seen the comments in the press. I’ve not read one of them that is inaccurate. The president started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words. It is not true. He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 12, 2018