The president hosted his Nigerian counterpart, Muhamaddu Buhari, at the White House this week to discuss continued military assistance from the United States. While the leaders were eager to talk about warplanes and helicopters, both were equally resistant to hashing out President Trump’s history of vulgar statements regarding Nigeria and other African nations. “We didn’t discuss it because [Buhari] knows me, and he knows where I’m coming from,” Trump said to reporters. The press did extract a response from the president about his campaign-era proposal for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” When asked if he should apologize for the inflammatory remarks, the president said “there’s no reason to apologize.” While we know President Trump never says sorry, his statement contradicts an assertion Solicitor General Noel J. Francisco made in defense of Muslim Ban 3.0 last week at the Supreme Court. But then again, maybe Francisco misspoke when he said the president “made crystal-clear … he had no intention of imposing the Muslim ban,” after all, he shortly thereafter called Islam “one of the great countries of the world.” You can read this gaffe, and the rest of oral arguments, here.

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