In the vaguest terms, President Donald Trump seemed to deny using an incendiary, profane term to describe African nations, Haiti and El Salvador.
No matter. The, uh, hole had already been dug.
The White House felt the full ramifications of “shithole”-gate today, POLITICO’s Annie Karni and Ben White report. It was an embarrassing episode that reverberated around the globe, with a demoralized White House once again thrown off-kilter by President Trump’s mouth — or rumors, at least, of what he’d said.
“The episode was just the latest example of the president pulling off a pivot — just not the one his aides had been hoping for … Instead, Trump’s “shithole” remark — one he half-heartedly tried to walk back on Twitter more than 12 hours after it was first reported by The Washington Post — replaced a national conversation about whether or not the president is mentally stable with a conversation about whether or not he is racist.”
In case it wasn’t clear, Trump’s word choice had some immediate policy ramifications. It roiled and at least temporarily derailed what had, at one point this week, seemed like fruitful negotiations on immigration, POLITICO’s John Bresnahan, Rachael Bade and …read more
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