By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2018 6:56 PM CST
The White House didn’t deny Trump made the reported remarks, instead issuing a statement that he would “always fight for the American people.” CNN reporter Kaitlain Collins tweetsthat White House staff aren’t concerned about the “shithole” comment, as they believe Trump’s base will approve of it. Meanwhile, Democrats are condemning the remarks. “This is racism, plain and simple, and we need to call it that,” Democratic Rep. Tim Walz tweets. “My Republican colleagues need to call it that too.” The Times reports the incident shows how hard it will be to secure a deal for Dreamers. Aides say Trump seemed interested in a deal earlier Thursday but had lost that interest by the time of the meeting. And a legislative aide to the president said afterward that a deal is far off.