Donald Trump ran away and ignored questions from reporters in the White House on Friday who questioned whether Trump is a racist after an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. over Trump’s reported remark referring to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries.”
Trump signed a proclamation honoring King ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is Monday. After the event, where Trump was flanked by top African-American supporters including Sec. Ben Carson, Trump ignored shouted questions from reporters who asked if he would apologize for his remarks.
“Mr. President, are you a racist?” journalist April Ryan can be heard asking.
Trump, ignoring the question, quickly exited the room. Trump did not take questions from White House pool reporters after his brief remarks Friday morning.
On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that Trump had questioned why the U.S. accepts immigrants from “shithole countries,” when instead it could take more from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister Trump recently met.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump reportedly said, apparently in reference to African countries, Haiti and El Salvador.
The remarks were not denied by the White House in an initial statement by White House spokesman Raj Shah in a statement Thursdsay night, and remained unchallenged by the Trump administration until a pair of tweets from the president early Friday.
“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians,” Trump tweeted Friday morning.
After signing MLK Day proclamation, Trump is asked by reporters, "Mr. President, will you give an apology for the statement yesterday? Mr President, did you refer to African nations as shitholes? Mr President, are you a racist?" pic.twitter.com/cvmkmaPI74
— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 12, 2018