'No, I'm not a racist': U.S. president defends himself against fresh accusations

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The results of President Trump's first formal medical exam since taking office were announced Tuesday, and the big news was that the physician involved, Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson, said the 71-year-old president received a ideal score on a cognitive test.

On Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had the profound misfortune of having a regularly-scheduled DHS oversight hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee fall only a few days after she attended an immigration reform meeting in which her boss, Donald Trump, chose to display his white supremacist beliefs more unapologetically than ever. And he says the IL senator is threatening prospects for a deal to protect certain immigrants.

A handful of senators who attended the meeting, including Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), confirmed that Trump made the comment.

"He said, 'I want you to get out there and I want you to talk to them and I want you to answer every single question they have, '" Jackson said of Trump. "Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military".

It was at night, after his heated immigration meeting with a group of bipartisan lawmakers where the President reportedly made disparaging remarks about African countries and Haiti - offering praise to Norway - that Trump spent time phoning aides, allies and friends, asking them how they thought the remark was playing out in the media.

However, he said, Trump was aware of the public discussion of his mental state and asked Jackson to give him one anyway.

On Friday, after the initial assessment, Jackson proclaimed the president to be in good health, and on Tuesday he revealed Trump's weight.

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Daniels also told the publication that after the encounter, Trump kept saying: " 'I'm gonna call you, I'm gonna call you. She went on a "listening tour", met with consultants and began to brainstorm possible donors.

While the presidential check-up is a routine practice, the briefing comes amid heightened questions of Mr. Trump's mental fitness. The president, in the meeting, also questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the USA, according to people who were briefed on the conversation but were not authorized to describe the meeting publicly.

The individuals spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to describe the meeting publicly.

"No, No. I'm not a racist", Trump said on Sunday, after reporters asked him to respond to those who think he is.

Trump commented as Durbin was presenting details of a compromise immigration plan that included providing $1.6 billion for a first installment of the president's long-sought border wall.

"I will say I don't think the president was well served by his staff. They have a responsibility", Hoyer said of the GOP. We should all be kicked out if that happens.

Durbin said that while this week has been a unusual one for his political career, he believes more Republicans will distance themselves from the president.

'He's very sharp. He's very articulate when he speaks to me, ' Jackson said.

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