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Sen. Paul Says He Was Targeted for Defending Trump Against Racism

17 January 2018

"I am not a racist". The government of Botswana issued a statement on Friday, condemning the remarks, calling them "irresponsible, reprehensible and racist", and urging other nations to take a stand against Trump's remarks.

If you want a more vocal defense, you need look no further than the man I personally had hoped to see win the GOP nomination in 2016.

"(The President) said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist.

In addition, Sen. Tim Scott said fellow South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who also attended the meeting, told him the reports were accurate. Rand Paul appeared on Meet the Press and "sad Chuck Todd" asked him about the President's comments.

Talking to reporters Sunday, he also pointed to denials from other Republicans that he uttered the comment at all.

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"The African Union Mission wishes to express its infuriation, disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, which remarks dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity", the African Union mission to the United States said in a blistering statement. Democrats should stop opposing Trump's "border wall" plan.

"I don't know what would happen".

Trump announced a year ago that he will end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, if a solution is not found by March.

The calls add to the fallout over Trump's comments last week in which he referred to African nations as "shithole countries" during an Oval Office discussion about immigration. He said Durbin and Republican Sen.

Nielsen said that border security would require closing "loopholes" in the law - a hardline overhaul the White House has sought to be able to go more aggressively after undocumented immigrants and deport them. She said that the bipartisan proposal rejected by Trump did not address core security issues facing her department and that Trump's administration was not interested in "half measures".

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He continued: "To those who want to begin to fix a broken immigration system, you're going to get something, too".

Trump has offered only a vague defense of the remark.

"My understanding from the meeting is he used a different but very closely related vulgarity", Lowry told ABC's "This Week". He sounded enthusiastic and told the two senators to come up to the White House at noon to talk about it. He has denied making the statements as well as ensuing accusations that he is racist. But he blamed Trump's staff for giving the president bad advice that may have led him to insult those countries.

However, Trump had, while signing the proclamation for King's Day on Wednesday, said the late civil rights leader "dedicated his life to a vision: that all Americans would live free from injustice and enjoy equal opportunity as children of God".

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Sen. Paul Says He Was Targeted for Defending Trump Against Racism