Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Facing criticism, President Trump denies making vulgar comments during immigration meeting

Facing criticism, President Trump denies making vulgar comments during immigration meeting

Facing strong condemnation at home and overseas, U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday denied using the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries, but kept up criticism of a Senate immigration plan that he said would force the United States to admit people from countries that "are doing badly". "The Wall was not properly funded, Chain and Lottery were made worse and the USA would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries". He also said the proposed deal would make chain and lottery migration "worse". "We are now working to build support for that deal in Congress", they added.

Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue and Republican Reps. But their victory - first announced by Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. Flake revels in the attention he gets from the mainstream media for being anti-Trump, personally belittling the president and highlighting Trump's character flaws. We should not conclude, simply because many of those nations have predominantly black, Arab or Hispanic populations, that the color of their skin is the sole or even primary reason for their exclusion.

But in an afternoon of drama and confusing developments, three other GOP lawmakers - including two hardliners on immigration - were also in Trump's office for Thursday's meeting and said it did not produce the results Graham and Durbin were hoping for.

Trump's excursion into the politics of charity was prompted when Sen.

"The president believes that people who are here under the DACA program, again, are contributing to our society, and we want to make sure that they stay here", Short NPR in an interview aired on Wednesday. CNN reported that Trump responded, according to a source familiar with the meeting: "Why do we need more Haitians?"

Immigration reform is now among the top legislative issues in Washington. That meant that negotiating with Democrats and finding a bill that could win their support wasn't an option. John Cornyn of Texas, the GOP Whip. "I never thought we would".

Of note: The Republicans who are players in the talks - including those in the room for the comment - were silent last night, beyond a statement attacking the group of six proposal as "not serious". "We just have to get it done", he said.

The Republican president's comments were decried as racist by African and Haitian politicians, by the United Nations human rights office and by US lawmakers from both major parties.


The tweets suggest that Trump is interested in a system that would only accept individuals from certain countries and backgrounds in exchange for a DACA deal - as well as a much more substantial border investment than one year of funding and technology upgrades the lawmakers had presented.

Bipartisan negotiations hit a snag after President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected an agreement reached by a group of six senators.

On the North Korean nuclear standoff, two-thirds of voters say they believe a war involving the U.S.is not 'likely.' But 26 per cent say military conflict will be a reality.

Republicans may give hundreds of thousands of immigrants a path to citizenship in upcoming weeks, begging a decades-old question: What are they going to demand in return? They don't have a filibuster-proof majority.

And, even if a bill was voted on and passed the Senate, legislation still faces long odds in the Republican-controlled House where there the differences between Democrats and Republicans are even greater.

Their future, he insisted, "should not be used as a bargaining chip to negotiate the most severe and restrictive immigration and security measures possible".

The ruling could complicate negotiations between Trump and congressional leaders over immigration reform. He also claimed there were "very fine people on both sides" after violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left one counter-protester dead. He'd get to say he built his wall, and Democrats would get a substantive victory by winning a reprieve for Dreamers and making the administration's immigration policies less very bad.

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