'Apprentice' winner Randal Pinkett on Trump: 'No question in my mind he’s a racist'
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"The Apprentice" winner Randall Pinkett said Friday night that he believes there is "no question" that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE is racist following Trump's reported comments referring to Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations as "shithole countries."

"There is no question in my mind he’s a racist," Pinkett, who won season four of Trump's reality show, told MSNBC's Joy Reid.

"Donald Trump is vying for the most racist person that I’ve met these days," he added. 

Pinkett went on to express his disappointment in the Republican reaction to the comments, which reportedly came during a meeting Trump had with lawmakers on Thursday in the Oval Office to discuss immigration.


"The question is how are Republicans going to respond in light of the continued pattern, which is putting them into a corner," Pinkett said.

"I’m really disappointed people like [Speaker] Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia National Dems make play in Ohio special election Trump vows to hold second meeting with Putin MORE [R-Wis.], who in my opinion, have been less and less vocal as time has progressed in denouncing Donald’s behavior," he said. 

The Washington Post first reported on Thursday that Trump had made the controversial remarks during an Oval Office meeting on immigration. Trump also reportedly suggested the U.S. should take immigrants from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with the previous day.

Reaction from Republicans on the president's reported remarks have been mixed. 

Sens. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonBipartisan group introduces retirement savings legislation in Senate Overnight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war Hillicon Valley: DOJ appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | FBI agent testifies in heated hearing | Uproar after FCC changes rules on consumer complaints | Broadcom makes bid for another US company | Facebook under fire over conspiracy sites MORE (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.), who were present for the meeting, said they did not recall the president's reference to "shithole countries," while Ryan dubbed the comments as "unhelpful" and "unfortunate." 

However, Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy IsaksonOvernight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria Senate to vote Monday on Trump's VA nominee GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE MORE (R-Ga.) issued a sharp rebuke to the remarks on Friday, saying Trump owed the people of Haiti and "all of mankind" an apology if the comments were accurate.