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Trump said he didn’t care about CBC’s demands during tense immigration meeting: report

President Trump told lawmakers that he didn’t care about the demands of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) during a tense meeting on immigration last week, The Washington Post reported Monday.

Trump reportedly dismissed Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) when he suggested that Trump consider the CBC’s demands, and that those lawmakers would be more amendable to an agreement if certain countries were given immigration protections.

{mosads}Trump replied by saying that he didn’t really care about the influential group’s wishes and that he would not create immigration policy to cater to them, according to The Post.

“You’ve got to be joking,” one adviser said to describe Trump’s reaction.

Trump made the comments about the CBC during the same meeting that he allegedly referred to El Salvador, Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries.”

The president has faced intense backlash for those comments since they were reported on Thursday.

The White House did not initially deny the remarks, but Trump pushed back against the report on Twitter on Friday and again on Monday.

Durbin confirmed that Trump had made the remarks, but GOP Sens. David Perdue (Ga.) and Tom Cotton (Ark.) have said Trump didn’t make the comments after initially saying they didn’t recall if he had.

Trump has faced accusations of racism over the comments, but told reporters that he is “not a racist” on Sunday.

“I’m the least racist person you’ll ever interview,” he said.

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