Ivana Trump says Donald 'definitely not racist'

This is the man who built his political career on the racist lie that Barack Obama was born in Africa, who launched his presidential campaign with racist comments about Mexican immigrants, who saw "very fine people on both sides" in the Charlottesville march of white supremacists, and who attacked African-American football players for being "unpatriotic" because they kneeled during the national anthem to protest police discrimination.

Ultimately, I remain an optimist and believe that Trump is swimming against the tide of history and the good sense of the American people.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., heard the president clearly: Trump referred to African nations as "shithole countries", a shocked Durbin reported.

"I'll just say, what Senator Durbin has portrayed is a misportrayal", the Arkansas senator told Little Rock radio station KARN on Tuesday.

There is internal debate in the West Wing over whether Trump said "shithole" or "shithouse".

Asked about Trump's comments challenging his honesty, Durbin told reporters Tuesday: "I stand by every word I said about what was said".

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Trump said he was trying to clinch an immigration deal, but that his Democratic rivals were unhelpful.

"While this is the first #MLKDay with an unrepentant & unreconstructed racist in the White House, we are neither intimidated by insult nor tweet - we are prayerful not fearful", he said. "There was cross-talk", she explained at a congressional hearing, but she didn't "dispute the president was using tough language". The path to a deal seems even more complicated after last week's coarse Oval Office conversation, and Trump has accused Durbin of undermining the trust necessary to reach an agreement.

The ripples generated by President Donald Trump's alleged disparaging comments has continued, with 78 former United States Ambassadors, who served in Africa, writing the President to remind him about the continent's great exploits and potentials.

Co-host Meghan McCain asked Durbin if publicly disclosing what Trump said hurt any progress being made on a deal on the fate of almost 800,000 Dreamers - immigrants brought into the U.S.as children. "Many Republicans are willing to have a DACA fix", he said.

The White House on Wednesday released a statement honoring the late civil rights activist and politician Barbara Jordan in an effort to bring Republicans and Democrats together on immigration reform. If the American experience is reducible to American political ideals, then the only assimilation that should concern us is to those ideals: As long as new immigrants are no threat to freedom of speech and the rest, all is well.

Donald Trump married his current wife, Melania, in 2005 and they have one son, Barron.

Trump's comments were met with widespread consternation in Africa, with an African Union spokeswoman saying the body was "frankly alarmed".

"Of all the dumb ideas I've been witness to, sequestration was the top of the list for me", said Graham, who is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Trump wasn't apologetic and denied he was racist, said the confidant, who wasn't authorized to disclose a private conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump addressed the issue briefly Sunday as he arrived for dinner at his Florida golf club. While it is still far too early to assess, it does appear that China is slowly replacing the USA as the most important economic and political partner for many states on a range of issues. "I haven't heard any of those six sources other than Senator Durbin talk about what was said". But these relationships can probably be repaired once Trump is gone.

"Everybody was", she said on the show. "That's what struck me", Nielsen said. "Why did Chuck Schumer and all of his colleagues come and beg Donald Trump for money?"