'Fox & Friends' host: Trump ‘s---hole countries’ comments 'unfortunate'

"Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade early Monday said the comments President TrumpDonald John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says MORE reportedly made referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as "shithole countries" were "unfortunate."

"Bottom line is, unfortunate comments were exchanged behind closed doors," Kilmeade said.

Still, he added that it's necessary for lawmakers to negotiate to pass a budget.

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"And you can't do that calling each other racist and denying comment," he said.

Trump last week reportedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting at the White House.

He has faced widespread backlash for his comments, with some lawmakers referring to him as a racist.

Trump claimed Friday on Twitter he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians."
 
"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said 'take them out,'" Trump tweeted. "Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"
 
Trump on Sunday also pushed back on claims that he is a racist.
 
“No. I’m not a racist. I’m the least racist person you will ever interview,” Trump told reporters while entering Trump International Golf Course, according to a White House pool report.
 
Kilmeade on Monday urged Trump to make clear "he's commenting on the countries, not the people in those countries."
 
"There are geniuses in Nigeria, geniuses in Haiti, that would make America a better place," he said.
 
"I would love for the president to go out and clarify the remarks ... the president could move everything forward by just making that declarative statement."