Republican senators in Trump meeting say they don't recall 'shithole' comment

13 January, 2018, 05:21 | Author: Hope Soto

In a statement it said it had asked the U.S. government, through its ambassador, to "clarify" if the derogatory remark also applied to Botswana given that there were Botswana nationals living in the United States and others who wished to go there. Several witnesses say he named Haiti and El Salvador as examples, two predominantly non-white countries, and suggested we should be more inviting to people from Norway instead.

Although Mr. Trump denies using such language, "sh*tholes" was "the exact word used by the president", Durbin recalled. "That's what he does well ...", Haitian-born Gourgue said.

"Why do we need more Haitians, take them out", he said, citing sources.

As is typical following Trump's customary inflammatory comments, the reaction was swift.

Trump is said to have referred to those countries as "s--hole countries" during a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House.

"The majority of the Africans who come here are already here on the merit-based immigration", Dau told South Sudan in Focus.

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, a Republican from Charlotte, went on WBT Friday morning to defend Trump's remarks and did so with incredibly twisted logic. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians!" he posted. "Probably should record future meeting - unfortunately no trust".

Graham added: "Diversity has always been our strength, not our weakness".

"Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a frequent Trump critic, said the president's comment "smacks of blatant racism, the most odious and insidious racism masquerading poorly as immigration policy".

"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", Durbin added.

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"This is not only hurtful, I think, to people of African origin in the United States, but certainly to African citizens", she said. It's not how a president should behave.

Donald Trump signed a proclamation honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is Monday. "All Americans must remember that the founding ideal of our country - E Pluribus Unum: out of many, one - has truly made America great".

Others condemned the US president's comments as inappropriate or racist.

Last year, Trump scrapped the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme that protected the immigrants, and set a deadline of March 5 for Congress to legislate a fix. I am committed to working with Republicans and Democrats to find common ground so we can move forward'.

The newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, wrote about the comment in a front-page article about the immigration debate in the United States.

And Idaho Republican Mike Simpson told The Associated Press that Trump's remarks were "stupid and irresponsible and childish". MSNBC host Chris Matthews thought the comments showed Trump is "unfit for office".

Already past year, some Democrats had warned against negotiating with Trump, specifically on immigration.

In his statement Friday, Graham, who challenged Trump when he made the "shithole" comment, encouraged lawmakers to look past the incident and come to a solution. He then exited the room, ignoring shouted questions from reporters about his controversial comments on Thursday and whether he is a racist.

The problem is not only that the president of the United States used offensive language to describe an entire continent of 1.2 billion people.

Trump says the "so-called bipartisan" deal "was a big step backwards" because it doesn't fund a wall along the Mexican border. Those people largely built this country, in fact.

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