For the first time, President Donald Trump directly responded to accusations he is a racist after he reportedly insulted Africa, Haiti, and El Salvador.
"I'm not a racist," he said, reports The Independent. "I'm the least racist person you have ever interviewed. That I can tell you."
Trump's remarks come after he sparked international outrage for his comments about Haiti, and El Salvador, and African countries.
"Why are we having all these people from s**thole countries come here?" Trump is said to have asked during an Oval Office meeting about immigration on Jan. 11.
At the time, many believed Trump was talking about Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa. However, CNN's Jake Tapper later clarified Trump may have just been referring to African countries.
"'Haitians?'" the president said," Tapper tweets. "'Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out' -- meaning take them out of the deal."
"Then in a separate part of the conversation when they were referencing the diversity visa lottery, President Trump referred to people coming from Africa as coming from 'sh*thole countries,'" added Tapper. "Again, I’m not saying this is better. Just that this is what happened, per my source."
However, Trump has repeatedly denied making such comments.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used," he tweeted, without clarifying further.
Meanwhile, Republican Sen. David Perdue, who was at the meeting, also defended the president.
"[The reports are a] gross misrepresentation," he said.
"I'm telling you, he did not use that word," Perdue added.
However, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said colleagues who attended the meeting confirmed the remarks were made.
"I heard that account before the account even went public," he said.
Despite Trump's repeated denials, the alleged statements sparked worldwide anger and continue to do so.
Even though the president insists he is not a racist, others do not agree.
"We know he's a racist, he's demonstrated that...he's a racist both in his actions and his words," Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP, told CNN's Erin Burnett, the Daily Mail reports.
Even the United Nations believes the comments are racist.
"If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States," UN spokesperson Rupert Colville said. "There is no other word you can use but 'racist.'"
"You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as 's**tholes,' whose entire populations who are not white, are therefore not welcome," he added.
Sources: The Independent (2), Jake Tapper/Twitter (2), Donald Trump/Twitter, Daily Mail / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: The White House via Wikimedia Commons, Italian G7 Presidency 2017 via Wikimedia Commons