The Latest: Trump defends remarks about Africa, Haiti

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Trump and immigration (all times local):

President Donald Trump has privately defended his remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries, saying he was only expressing what many people think but won't say about immigrants from economically depressed countries.

That's according to a person who spoke to the president as criticism of his comments ricocheted around the globe.

Trump spent Thursday evening making a flurry of calls to friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to the tempest, said the confidant, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to disclose a private conversation. Trump wasn't apologetic about his inflammatory remarks and denied he was racist, instead, blaming the media for distorting his meaning, the confidant said.

Critics of the president, including some Republicans, spent Friday blasting the vulgar comments he made behind closed doors.

President Donald Trump is privately defending his inflammatory comments about African nations and Haitian immigrants.

Trump made a round of calls Thursday night to friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to the tempest, says a person who spoke to Trump but wasn't authorized to discuss a private conversation.

The president instead blamed the media for distorting his meaning, arguing his description of "shithole" was not racist but ...

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