In the fall, after Donald Trump and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly clashed publicly with Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), Trump World faced repeated questions about the president and his provocative views on race. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders grew exasperated by the entire discussion.
"The media continues to want to make this and push that this is some sort of a racially charged ... White House," the president's chief spokesperson told reporters.
Of course, if Sanders doesn't want Americans to see Trump's presidency as racist, she should probably focus her concerns less on the media and more on her boss.
President Donald Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House, a Democratic aide briefed on Thursday's meeting told NBC News.
Trump's comments were first reported by The Washington Post, which said the nations referred to by Trump also included El Salvador.
Two sources briefed on the conversation say that during the portion of the conversation about Haiti — which came at the top of the exchange that led to the "shithole" comment — the president questioned why Haitians should be given specific consideration.
According to the Washington Post, Trump added that he'd prefer to see immigrants from countries such as Norway -- which is an overwhelmingly white country.
In late December, the New York Times had a related report about the president making behind-the-scenes comments about Haitians, whom Trump reportedly said "all have AIDS." Referencing immigrants from Nigeria, he reportedly added that they'd never "go back to their huts" in Africa after having seen life in the United States.
At the time, the White House pushed back aggressively against the article, insisting that the quotes were inaccurate. Yesterday, however, Trump World made no real effort to deny the president's "shithole countries" comments, which had been heard by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.