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At his first meeting in the White House with a leader from sub-Saharan Africa, President Trump said controversial remarks, which he reportedly referred to as "s *** hole countries" in some developing countries, had not come up.
Trump, however, did not deny the comment, and when Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buharu, giggled, Trump said at a news conference on Monday: "They have some countries that are in very bad shape – and live in very difficult places." [19659008TrumpalsodecidednottoapologizeifhehadtheopportunitytoapologizeforhisimmigrationrhetoricashistravelbanridiculedbycriticsasaMuslimbanawaitsarulingfromtheSupremeCourtOneoftheargumentsthatchallengedthebanthatwasannouncedlastweekatthecourtwasthatTrumpproposedbanningthebanonhisrhetoricduringthe2016presidentialcampaignasaMuslimban-andshowednoremorseforthem
Sorry, Trump said. would not make ten cents difference. Instead, he veered, calling US laws "a disaster," saying that the US and these laws around the world are being laughed at for their stupidity.
Buharu, for his part, tried to take a good diplomatic line noting that the US has been selling military equipment to Nigeria and providing the country "well over $ 1 billion in aid each year.") "I'm very careful," Buharu said, adding, "I'm not surely the validity or whether this statement against the president was true or not, so it is best for me to remain silent. "
Trump remarked," The President [Buharu] knows me, and he knows where I come from. "I did not discuss that."
Trump also described Nigeria as a "strong democracy in the region". When asked if he would visit Nigeria, he said that he would like to do it. beautiful country. "Well, I would like to visit Nigeria," said Trump. In a sense, I hear from the point of view of the beauty of a country – there is no better country.
(Not everyone considers Nigeria's democracy and freedoms to be as strong as they should be Criticism here and here and some in the country have called on Buhari to step back to deal with the Missing Girl crisis.  NPR and other news agencies held a closed session in January With White House lawmakers he asked why the United States continues to allow immigrants from "dead end" countries such as Haiti and African countries.
Trump said that "hard" language "but that was not the language used."
Democrat Dick Durbin, one of the senators in the room, said Trump had used the language. "He said those hateful things," said Durbin, "and he she has repeatedly said. "
See you in the DMZ
Trump also addressed questions about a possible summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un e that a meeting is possible, that it will be "a success," and that although the location for the proposed meeting has not yet been determined, "everyone wants it."
Trump said Kim has "been very open and straightforward so far." He spoke of getting rid of North Korea's nuclear test site, quitting nuclear research, testing and launching ballistic missiles, and "he has lived to this for a long period of time."
Trump said he urges the talks with Kim in the demilitarized Keeping the zone between the two Koreas "because you are really there" and when things are going, "There is a great celebration on the website.
To Iran deal: "I was 100 percent correct"
Trump denied that his threat to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran , his optimism contradicts a deal for North Korea to achieve denuclearization.
"I think it sends the right message," he said, calling the seven-year agreement with Iran "unacceptable."
Allegations of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran had lied about the pursuit of nuclear weapons, Trump said: "I've done 100 percent right."
And he said, while he was not ready to make his decision on whether to break away from "It does not mean that we can not negotiate a real deal."
Netanyahu said, "In a few days, President Trump will decide what to do." He added u: "I'm sure he'll do the right thing."