Trump responds to reports he made a vulgar insult during DACA meeting Video

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Friday night beginning with president trump and that growing firestorm facing massive backlash over his profane and racially offensive comments at the white house. President trying to backtrack from the comments on a day celebrating Dr. Martin Luther king Jr., a report asking are you a racist? One democratic senator describing what happened in that meeting applauding the Republican he says stood up to the president. ABC’s chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl leading us off tonight. Reporter: On a day when he is under fire for racially explosive comments, the president signed a proclamation honoring martin Luther king, Jr., even joined by a member of the king family, but he couldn’t avoid the blunt question, are you a racist? Mr. President did you refer to African nations, did you use To refer to African nations? Mr. President are you racist? Mr. President are you racist? Reporter: Early this morning, the president attempted damage control over the vulgar insult he used in his meeting with members of congress, tweeting — “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.” Adding — “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Reporter: But nowhere did the president deny directing that profane insult at African countries. He said these hateful things and he said them repeatedly. Reporter: Democratic senator dick Durbin was in that oval office meeting. He said Haitians, do we need more Haitians? And then he went on and started to describe the immigration from Africa. That’s when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from . The exact word used by the president. Not just once but repeatedly. Reporter: Lateroday, senator Durbin detailed more of the president’s comments. He said “Put me down for wanting more Europeans to come to this country. Why don’t we get more people from Norway? That is exactly what the president said.” Reporter: Durbin says Republican senator Lindsey graham challenged the president on the spot. For him to confront the president as he did, literally sitting next to him took extraordinary political courage and I respect him for it. Reporter: Today senator graham said “I said my piece directly to the president yesterday, I’ve always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its…

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