'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 TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US 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 RyanThe Memo: Saudi storm darkens for Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report — Mnuchin won't attend Saudi conference | Pompeo advises giving Saudis 'few more days' to investigate | Trump threatens military action over caravan The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns 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 CottonFlake: Congress should not continue Kavanaugh investigations GOP senator suspects Schumer of being behind release of Ford letter Susan Collins becomes top 2020 target for Dems 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 IsaksonTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally House conservatives want ethics probe into Dems' handling of Kavanaugh allegations Senate eyes Kavanaugh floor vote next week 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.