House Dem: Trump censure resolution meant to put Congress on record opposing racism

House Dem: Trump censure resolution meant to put Congress on record opposing racism
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Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Monday that a resolution censoring President TrumpDonald John TrumpBroward County official Brenda Snipes submits resignation after criticism Retired lieutenant general tears into Trump over attacks against Navy SEAL: 'Disgusting' Senate barrels toward showdown over Trump's court picks MORE for disparaging marks he reportedly made about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries is meant to put Congress on the record opposing racism.

“The goal is to put the Congress of the United States on record that we don’t approve of racism and that the president, when he makes these kinds of racist remarks, he’s not speaking for the people of the United States,” Nadler said on CNN’s “New Day." 

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Nadler and Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondMarcia Fudge under spotlight as Pelosi Speaker fight heats up Top Dems quickly announce leadership intentions Jockeying already stepping up in House leadership fights MORE (D-La.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Friday that they would unveil the resolution to censure Trump over comments that he reportedly made disparaging individuals from Haiti, El Salvador and other African countries during a closed-door meeting with lawmakers. 

The Washington Post first reported on Thursday that Trump had described Haiti and other nations as “shithole” countries, expressing a preference for immigrants from Norway. Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate barrels toward showdown over Trump's court picks Overnight Health Care — Presented by The Partnership for Safe Medicines — GOP lawmaker pushes back on Trump drug pricing plan | Pfizer to raise prices on 41 drugs next year | Grassley opts for Finance gavel McConnell: Criminal justice bill unlikely this year MORE (D-Ill.) backed up The Post's account on Friday. 

The reported remarks have prompted fierce criticism from Democrats and some Republicans. Some Republican senators have disputed the accounts of Trump’s comments at the immigration meeting, however, saying he did not use the vulgar term described. 

The president on Sunday denied that he is a racist.

“I am not a racist,” he told reporters in Palm Beach, Fla. 

Neither the White House nor Trump has denied the “shithole” comment specifically.

Nadler said Monday that he would “absolutely” call Trump a racist, describing the latest reports as consistent with the president’s past behavior when responding to the violent clashes between white nationalists and protesters in Charlottesville, Va., last August.

 “What he was clearly saying was, we don’t want black or brown people, we want white people coming here. And that’s straight racism,” Nadler said of the “shithole” comment.