Trump denies he's a racist as Americans honor King

Sen. Dick Durbin doubled down Tuesday on his charge that President Trump called Haiti and African nations "shithole countries" and said "We need more Europeans" during a White House meeting on immigration.

A Republican senator is insisting that President Donald Trump did not use a vulgar term in referring to African countries during a closed-door meeting on immigration that he and five other senators attended last week.

Trump denied saying anything derogatory during that meeting, writing on Twitter, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

"Honestly I don't think the Democrats want to make a deal", Trump said. "Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our military", the commander-in-chief tweeted.

"I told the President that if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years he might live to be 200 years old", Jackson said, eliciting laughter from reporters.

Discussing the issue of North Korea's nuclear ambitions in an interview Wednesday with Reuters, Trump took a swing at former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton for their approaches to the rogue nation.

Trump also denied making the statements attributed to him, but avoided the details of what he did or did not say.

United States President Donald Trump is in "excellent" health and mentally fit for presidency, according to the presidential physician.

As the firestorm over Trump's comment began late last week, the White House and Trump's National Security Council provided no guidance to the State Department about what to say to foreign countries who were incensed, said a USA official familiar with the conversations between the White House and other federal agencies.

Trump addressed the issue briefly as he arrived for dinner at his private golf club with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

According to Jackson, Trump told Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, "I do not want you pulling him off that stage".

"And let me also say, is that their defense, that s-house is acceptable, s-hole he would never say?"

"I'm not going to get into what I said, but I will tell you, it was a tough meeting", Trump said.

Even if Trump has enjoyed good health until his early 70s, that doesn't mean his lifestyle will lead to longevity.

She said: "Why did NBC give him a show for a decade on TV. He's more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part, but we're gonna do both", said Jackson.

The president's past medical history includes hypercholesterolemia, a condition that is caused very high levels of cholesterol in the blood; and rosaccea, a common skin disease that is characterized by a person blushing or looking flushed more easily than other people.

"He said, 'Put me down for wanting more Europeans to come to this country".

Administration officials and lawmakers spent the holiday weekend debating the precise presidential vulgarity used, and moved to cast last Thursday's White House meeting as a salty affair, with expletives flying in all directions.

Vanessa Coleman