Everyone has something to say about President Donald Trump’s alleged “s**thole” comment, from CNN anchors to popular entertainers, but now, Martin Luther King Jr.’s nephew is weighing in on the matter.
CNN’s Jim Acosta, who said Thursday the president “seems to harbor racist feelings,” reported Friday that Trump told Isaac Newton Farris Jr. during a private meeting that he’s “not the person that the media is making me out to be.”
Farris told Acosta that Trump is not racist but is “racially ignorant.” King's nephew was reportedly sitting in on a meeting between Trump and HUD Secretary Ben Carson, who was advising the president on how best to handle the fallout over his alleged “s**thole” remark.
MLK's nephew Isaac Newton Farris: “At the @TheKingCenter, we refer to [Martin Luther King, Jr. Day] as a Day On, not a Day Off... It's a day to do something to help someone else.” pic.twitter.com/oTZWquWDr8
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Trump reportedly made the unfortunate comment during a bipartisan meeting Thursday with lawmakers who were seeking to iron out a deal with the White House to extend protections for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who was present for the Oval Office meeting, told MSNBC on Friday morning that Trump “used those words” while he and the lawmakers were discussing African nations and Haiti.
But according to CNN's Jake Tapper, Trump did not refer to Haiti as a “s**thole” country. According to Tapper, he was suggesting Haiti, a country with temporary protected status, should be taken out of the immigration deal.
However, later in the meeting, "Trump referred to people coming from Africa as coming from 'sh**hole countries,'” Tapper said.
Trump said via Twitter he “never said anything derogatory about Haitians” and said the claim was “made up” by Democrats.
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