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 TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report 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 RichmondElection security funds caught in crosshairs of spending debate Lawmakers weigh responses to rash of ransomware attacks Looking for electability in all the wrong places 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 DurbinGOP's Kennedy sends warning shot to Trump nominee Menashi Senate Democrats block government spending bill Kavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw 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.