Gavin Newsom calls on Trump to resign following 's---hole' remarks

Gavin Newsom calls on Trump to resign following 's---hole' remarks
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California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday Shows preview: Lawmakers, Trump allies discuss Russia probe, migrant family separation Seth McFarlane: Fox News makes me 'embarrassed' to work for this company  'Art of the Deal' co-author: Trump would act like Kim Jong Un if he had the same powers MORE to resign over his reported labeling of Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as “shithole countries” in an Oval Office meeting.

"You’re a joke and a racist, President Donald J. Trump," Newsom wrote on Facebook. "Resign."

The former San Francisco mayor joined a host of lawmakers, media figures and world leaders slamming Trump for the vulgar remarks, which he reportedly made during a meeting with bipartisan lawmakers on immigration this week.


In a statement Thursday, the White House did not deny Trump’s comments.

Trump denied the remarks Friday, saying he did not say “anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country."

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinHugh Hewitt to Trump: 'It is 100 percent wrong to separate border-crossing families' Opioid treatment plans must include a trauma-informed approach Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Dems want answers on DOJ ObamaCare decision MORE (D-Ill.), who attended the meeting with Trump, said the president’s denials were “not true," and that Trump “said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly.”

Other California Democrats have called on Trump to step down following the remarks.

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate rejects effort to boost Congress's national security oversight Top Dems: IG report shows Comey's actions helped Trump win election Luis Gutiérrez: Sessions wants blacks 'in the back of the bus again' MORE (D-Calif.) accused Trump of “promoting a homogenous, white society” with his comments, adding “there’s no room for racism in the Oval Office.”

“If the president can’t control himself and lead this country with the authority, dignity and leadership it requires, then he shouldn’t be the president," she said.

Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersMaxine Waters to Giuliani: I join Yankees fans in saying 'BOO!' Giuliani challenges Maxine Waters to keep calling for Trump ouster: 'Say impeachment, sweetheart’ Juan Williams: Midterms will be referendum on Trump MORE (D-Calif.) called for Trump’s impeachment over the comments, pushing Congress to “impeach him without delay” in a lengthy statement.

Newsom, 50, who is running in the 2018 California governor’s race, has been floated as a possible Democratic candidate for president in 2020.