Ivana Trump says Donald's not racist, just confused

Ivana Trump on Monday denied her ex-husband is racist after he reportedly called Haiti and African nations “shithole countries.”

“I don’t think Donald is racist at all,” the president’s first wife told “Good Morning Britain.” “Sometimes he says these things which are silly, or he doesn’t really mean them ... but he’s definitely not racist, I’m sure of that.”

She suggested President Donald Trump isn’t responsible for the comment, because he’s surrounded by people who create talking points for him. “He has so many people telling him left and right what to say and what not to say and things like that, and sometimes maybe it gets confusing,” she said.

Which is why the president’s tweeting is “not a bad idea,” she continued. “If he tweets, it’s out of his mouth,” she said. “Sometimes maybe it’s not clear, but at least it’s exactly what he thinks.”

The president denied making the remarks, but acknowledged language he used during Thursday’s bipartisan White House meeting on immigration was “tough.” On Sunday, he told a group of reporters that he is “the least racist person you will ever interview.”

A handful of senators who attended the meeting, including Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), confirmed that Trump made the comment. Others, including Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), offered conflicting accounts.  

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who also attended, said she takes offense at claims that her boss is racist and couldn’t recall exactly what he said. 

“I think he has been clear, and I would certainly say undoubtedly the president will use ― continue to use ― strong language when it comes to this issue because he feels very passionately,” Nielsen added.

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American businessman Donald Trump and his wife Ivana smile as they attend a formal party, 1982. (Photo by Tom Gates/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - 1980: Donald Trump and Ivana Trump attend Roy Cohn's birthday party in February 1980 in New York City. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - 1982: Ivana Trump and Donald Trump are seen in December 1982 in New York City. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - MAY 10: Donald Trump and Ivana Trump attend 38th Annual Horatio Alger Awards Dinner on May 10, 1985 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - MAY 10: Ivana Trump and Donald Trump attend 38th Annual Horatio Alger Awards Dinner on May 10, 1985 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 10: Donald Trump and Ivana Trump attend Lord-Rosenthal Wedding Reception on June 10, 1987 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 28: Donald Trump and Ivana Trump attend Lacroix Fashion Show on October 28, 1987 at the World Financial Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - 1987: Donald Trump, Diandra Douglas, Don King, Ivana Trump, and Michael Douglas attend a Trump Book Party in December 1987 at the Trump Tower in New York City. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12: Property developer Donald Trump and wife Ivana Trump chat with actor Michael Douglas and his wife Diandra Luker at the Party to Celebrate Trump's Book 'The Art of the Deal' at The Atrium in Trump Tower on December 12, 1987 in New York City, New York . (Photo by Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
FLUSHING, NY - CIRCA 1988: Ivana Trump and Donald Trump attends the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament circa 1988 in Flushing, Queens. (Photo by PL Gould/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Ivana (nee Zelnickova) and Donald Trump attend the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute gala, New York, New York, 1988. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JUNE 27: Ivana Trump and Donald Trump attend Tyson vs. Spinks Boxing Match on June 27, 1988 at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK - 1989: Property developer Donald Trump and wife Ivana Trump with actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith attend a Police Athletic League event for Commisioner Benjamin Ward's Kids in 1989 in New York City, New York . (Photo by Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Ivana Trump and Donald Trump during 1989 U.S. Open Celebrity Sightings - September 9, 1989 at Flushing Meadow in Queens, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 9: Ivana Trump and Donald Trump attend U.S. Open Tennis Tournament on September 9, 1989 at Flushing Meadows Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Businessman Donald Trump and his wife Ivana Trump attend 8th annual 'Night of 100 Trees' to benefit the Cancer Research Institute at the Sheraton Center in December 1989 in New York, New York. (Photo by Tom Gates/Getty Images)
Donald and Ivana Trump (Photo by Bob Sacha/Corbis via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 14: Donald Trump and Ivana Trump attend Scopus Awards Gala Honoring Merv Griffin on January 14, 1990 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - FEBRUARY 4: Ivana Trump and Donald Trump attend United Jewish Appeal Gala Honoring Steve Ross on February 4, 1990 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Donald Trump and Ivana Trump (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 9: Donald Trump and Ivana Trump attend Man of the Year Awards Honoring Lawrence Harvey on April 9, 1991 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Donald Trump, Ivana Trump, and Ivanka Trump (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Donald Trump, Ivana Trump and Ivanka Trump attend Valentine's Day Birthday Party for Ivana Trump on February 12, 1998 at Chaos in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
382524 16: (ITALY OUT) Donald Trump, his girlfriend, Melania, Ivana Trump and her boyfriend, Roffredo Gaetani attend a benefit auction at Cipriani November 28, 2000 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Liaison)
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission of #455504994 with alternate crop.) (L-R) Donald Trump, Ivana Trump, Eric Trump and Lara Yunaska attend The Eric Trump 8th Annual Golf Tournament at Trump National Golf Club Westchester on September 15, 2014 in Briarcliff Manor, New York. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
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