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Trump scrambles as 'shithole' slur fuels outrage
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used," Trump said, apparently referring to the remarks quoted by The Washington Post and The New York Times.

US President Donald Trump sought Friday to quell a global firestorm over his reported denunciation of immigration from "shithole countries" -- a slur slammed at home and abroad as racist.

The reported remarks -- which drew unanimous condemnation from African nations at the UN and resulted in at least two US diplomats being called in by their hosts -- are just the latest in a series of racially-charged comments by the president.

Trump tweeted a convoluted denial yesterday about the comments allegedly made on Thursday at a White House meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform.

But Democratic Senator Dick Durbin -- who was present at the meeting -- publicly pushed back, saying Trump had repeatedly used "vile and racist" language.

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