Chuck Todd: Trump thinks 'white Europeans are good and brown immigrants are bad'

Chuck Todd: Trump thinks 'white Europeans are good and brown immigrants are bad'
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"Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd said on Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanford calls for 'overdue conversation' on debt as he mulls Trump challenge Sally Yates: Moral fiber of US being 'shredded by unapologetic racism' Top Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties MORE believes white Europeans are better than brown immigrants. The comment follows the president's reported remarks referring to Haiti and African countries as "shithole countries." 

"Folks, you can debate all you want about the president’s recent language, but you cannot debate what it seemingly reveals about his core beliefs — that white Europeans are good and brown immigrants are bad," Todd said on "MTP Daily" on NBC. 

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The president has faced fierce backlash in the media and from many members of both political parties for the remarks, which were reportedly made during an immigration reform meeting in the Oval Office. 

Trump also reportedly said that he would rather have more people immigrate to the U.S. from countries such as Norway. 

Trump appeared to deny that he made the comments, tweeting on Friday that he did not use that language.  

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinRepublicans scramble to contain Trump fallout Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US McConnell says Trump is not a racist, but calls for better rhetoric MORE (D-Ill.), who was present at the meeting, confirmed the president's comments on Friday. 

“In the course of his comments, [Trump] said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist,” Durbin told reporters. “I cannot believe in this history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.”

Two GOP lawmakers also present for the meeting said they did not recall the remark.