Tony Senecal, the former butler for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate, speaks to the Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club on June 8 in Boca Raton, Florida.
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June 8, 2016 3:57 PM EDT

Donald Trump’s former butler—who in March called for President Barack Obama to be killed—said Wednesday that the presumptive Republican nominee is not racist.

Speaking at Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club in Boca Raton, Florida, Anthony Senecal said there was no credence to criticism that Trump is racist, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

“I saw him working with everybody—you know, the Hispanics, the blacks, the foreigners. I mean, he would talk with any of them, all of them,” Senecal said. “There isn’t a racist bone in his body.”

In March, Trump denounced Senecal’s “horrible statements,” referring to a Facebook post in which Senecal said Obama “should have taken out by our military and shot as an enemy agent.”

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Trump has come under fire from GOP leaders for his comments about Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over the class-action lawsuit against Trump University. Trump has said Curiel has a conflict of interest because of his Mexican heritage. Curiel, an American, was born in Indiana. In a statement on Tuesday, Trump said his comments about Curiel were “misconstrued,” but he did not apologize.

 

Write to Katie Reilly at Katie.Reilly@time.com.

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