After his remarks on El Salvador, Haiti, and other parts of Africa that he called “shithole countries” during a meeting with lawmakers on Thursday, January 11, US President Donald Trump denied being a racist when asked by reporters at a dinner photo opportunity with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in West Palm Beach, Florida, January 14.
“I’m not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you,” Trump said, according to New York Times, as he arrived at Trump International Golf Club.
He also said two Republican senators confirmed on Sunday morning talk shows that “the President never made, or that they did not hear, racist comments about Africa and Haiti.”
On the other hand, Trump also answered questions regarding Hawaii’s mistaken ballistic missile alert to its residents.
“I love that they took responsibility,” he said of the state officials in Hawaii. “They took total responsibility. But we are going to get involved. Their attitude and their — I think it is terrific. They took responsibility. They made a mistake.”
“We hope it won’t happen again,” he said. “Part of it is people are on edge, but maybe eventually we will solve the problem so they won’t have to be so on edge.”