Kansas gubernatorial candidate calls President's Africa slur 'racist'

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(2-20-2017 KAKE) Carl Brewer announces he will run for Kansas Governor at Wichita's Hotel at Old Town. (2-20-2017 KAKE) Carl Brewer announces he will run for Kansas Governor at Wichita's Hotel at Old Town.
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A candidate for governor of Kansas says President Donald Trump's alleged dismissal of Haiti and certain African countries with a vulgar expression is "racist" and has "no place in this country."

President Trump made the remark Thursday during a White House meeting after senators discussed revamping immigration rules. That's according to three people who were briefed on the conversation but weren't authorized to describe it publicly.

They said Trump questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "----hole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal.

Members of Haitian community react to Trump's comments

Paul Ryan says Trump's slur against African countries is 'unfortunate, unhelpful'

Carl Brewer (D), the former mayor of Wichita, called on fellow candidates as well as state and federal legislators to "condemn these un-American views."

"I call on our Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, who has worked closely with the President, to denounce this bigotry once and for all," Brewer said in a Facebook post. "It's time for new leadership in Topeka and in Washington."

The president on Friday denied using certain "language" during the private meeting.

"President Trump's remarks echo the words of Rep. Alford heard just earlier this week," Brewer said. "It's time for new leadership in Topeka and in Washington."

Two Republicans who were in the Oval Office with Trump say they "do not recall" him talking about "----hole" countries in Africa.

Georgia Sen. David Purdue and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton issued a joint statement Friday. They say, "We do not recall the president saying these comments specifically." They say, "But what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers."

Trump's slur came as pro-immigration senators tried to pitch Trump on a deal to protect younger immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. Perdue and Cotton had traveled separately to the White House.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says Trump made the comments, as do people briefed on the conversation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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