SFGATE: Trump defends ‘shithole’ remarks while partly denying them

Trump defends ‘shithole’ remarks while partly denying them
Published on January 14, 2018 at 01:07AM by By JILL COLVIN and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered a partial denial in public but privately defended his extraordinary remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries.
Trump said he was only expressing what many people think but won’t say about immigrants from economically depressed countries, according to a person who spoke to the president as criticism of his comments ricocheted around the globe.
Trump spent Thursday evening calling friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction, said the confidant, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to disclose a private conversation.