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Mario Diaz-Balart refuses to discuss Trump’s slur

Miami Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart continues to duck questions about President Trump's incendiary "shithole" remark, insisting it would not be helpful to Dreamers.

"This is a president that said things differently than clearly I would say them," Diaz-Balart said during a Monday interview with Local 10. "I will not comment on what may or may not have been said. The bottom line is I will not be in a position to solve this problem."

Diaz-Balart in the room last week when Trump made the remark (some fellow Republicans dispute what was said, and Trump now denies making it) and his initial statement glossed over that.

Monday he refused to engage on the question.

"I'm the only person from South Florida that has a seat at this table," Diaz-Balart said. "I am going to use it not to criticize, not to point fingers, but to stop the imminent deportation of 800,000 young people."

"How does it help to point fingers or say names to the very people I have to quietly negotiate with?" Diaz-Balart said.

Speaking with the Naples Daily News, he said:

"I'm not adding fuel to the fire. I will not talk about what is said in private meetings. I never have."

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