Gavin Newsom calls on Trump to resign following 's---hole' remarks

Gavin Newsom calls on Trump to resign following 's---hole' remarks
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California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE to resign over his reported labeling of Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as “shithole countries” in an Oval Office meeting.

"You’re a joke and a racist, President Donald J. Trump," Newsom wrote on Facebook. "Resign."

The former San Francisco mayor joined a host of lawmakers, media figures and world leaders slamming Trump for the vulgar remarks, which he reportedly made during a meeting with bipartisan lawmakers on immigration this week.

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In a statement Thursday, the White House did not deny Trump’s comments.

Trump denied the remarks Friday, saying he did not say “anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country."

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGrassley to administration: You must consult Congress on refugee cap Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment MORE (D-Ill.), who attended the meeting with Trump, said the president’s denials were “not true," and that Trump “said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly.”

Other California Democrats have called on Trump to step down following the remarks.

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinThe Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Grassley wants unredacted version of letter from Kavanaugh's accuser Gillibrand: Kavanaugh accuser shouldn't participate in 'sham' hearing MORE (D-Calif.) accused Trump of “promoting a homogenous, white society” with his comments, adding “there’s no room for racism in the Oval Office.”

“If the president can’t control himself and lead this country with the authority, dignity and leadership it requires, then he shouldn’t be the president," she said.

Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOn The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — The Hill interviews President Trump Midterms to shake up top posts on House finance panel MORE (D-Calif.) called for Trump’s impeachment over the comments, pushing Congress to “impeach him without delay” in a lengthy statement.

Newsom, 50, who is running in the 2018 California governor’s race, has been floated as a possible Democratic candidate for president in 2020.