White House doctor: Donald Trump in 'excellent health'

Bessie Dean
January 13, 2018

Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin said U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly called African nations "shitholes" during a meeting with congressional leaders on Thursday.

Many of those troops are based at a USA base in the East African country of Djibouti.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump is in excellent health after undergoing his first medical check-up as president, according to his doctor. CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta said that "it's a disturbing pattern because it seems to come back to one truth here and that is that this president deep down may just be a racist".

The president's remarks angered several countries, prompting them to issue strongly-worded statements condemning his comment.

The criticisms were a part of a worldwide outcry against Trump's remarks, which the president denied saying at a private meeting with lawmakers in the White House on Thursday. Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the Media Research Center, said the term "racist" is as fashionable now to use as people who put "hashtag resistance" on Twitter.

Raoul Peck, a Haitian filmmaker and former minister of culture, accused Republican lawmakers and Trump voters of "protecting even his most outrageous behaviors", saying that if they do not "stand up to this sickening and suicidal pathology, they will go down in history as not only accomplices, but as James Baldwin would say, as criminals". And other Trump backers made clear they wanted to steer clear of questions about whether the president is a racist.

Trump was 70 when he took office on January 20, 2017, making him the oldest person ever elected to the nation's highest office. "I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals".

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The fairly routine examination for previous presidents has taken on an increased importance in the age of Mr Trump, given the tone of some of his tweets, comments attributed to some of his close advisers and the president's recent slurring of words on national TV.

The United Nations' human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva that Trump's comments were "shocking and shameful".

The African Union continental body told The Associated Press it was "frankly alarmed" by Trump's comments. "I think President Trump is racially ignorant and racially uninformed". The news anchor also addressed Trump supporters. "You would expect the president to lead in determining how you filter your thoughts, rather than to continue to say things that take a lot away from what's actually getting done".

"Following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday".

"His supporters made excuses, continue to make excuses for him".

"I think it was stupid and irresponsible and childish", said Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho. "But he is a racist". In using the same label, CNN's Don Lemon asked, "How many examples do you need of this?" Sanders said at the time that the president was simply thirsty, calling questions about his health "ridiculous". And by the way, the senator added, he himself was a descendant of immigrants who came to the United States from "shithole countries with no skills". When Trump past year ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - known as DACA - he challenged Congress to come up with a permanent fix by March 5.

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