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

Trump's Vulgar Remarks on Immigration Confirmed by Senator

Trump's Vulgar Remarks on Immigration Confirmed by Senator

The president's tacky and racist remarks came in response to a senator's request for Trump to reinstate the temporary protected status for Haitians and Salvadorans.

He spent Thursday evening making a flurry of calls to friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to the tempest, according to the insider.

Joe Biden, ex-US vice president, said: "It's not how a president should speak". They reaffirm that hateful language is unacceptable from any president, regardless of political party.

On Thursday, Trump was in a private meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration when those who attended said he questioned why the US would accept more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway.

Hugo Martinez, El Salvador's foreign minister, called on the USA government to confirm or deny Trump's statements.

But nearly immediately a senator who attended the meeting at which Mr Trump was alleged to have used the description said it was "the exact word used by the president - not just once but repeatedly".

"Like all Americans who embrace decency and the values of diversity and inclusion, and who celebrate what made America great in the first place, I'm appalled by these latest comments of President Donald Trump regarding Haitians and people of African nations", Pugh said in a statement.

Democrats have dismissed Trump's denial of the offensive comments, with Senator Dick Durbin, who attended the meeting, disputing Trump's account. What did they say when he said these things? He said Trump's comment "not only insulted Africans, he has also insulted African-Americans".

"If that's not racism, I don't know how you can define it", Florida representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican, told WPLG-TV in Miami. He revealed this during a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office over immigration issues.

The remarks were allegedly made when lawmakers visited him on Thursday to discuss a bipartisan proposal that would impose new restrictions on immigration but protect the so-called "Dreamers" - hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children - from deportation. He gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative solution. But the suggestion Trump directed his wrath at these nations or their governments rather than their residents who are desperate to escape to a better life here is at odds with his record and with the message received by those in the room.

It is unclear now how a deal might emerge, and failure could lead to a USA government shutdown.

"It just took the breath out of me", Saitinor Philius said. That's because 60 votes will be needed to avoid a filibuster and Republicans have a narrow 51-49 majority. But some Democrats have threatened to withhold support unless an immigration pact is forged.

The reports prompted outrage and accusations of racism from people in the USA and the rest of the world.

"That gets on the news, it gets translated into their news, whether it's print, radio, TV - and I think it hurts", Black said. "We do not need to tear down other nations". Mr Durbin told reporters in Chicago. On Friday (local time) the President tweeted that his language was "tough" but insisted he did not say anything derogatory about Haiti aside from noting it's a poor country.

He said the president repeatedly used the word "sh**hole" when speaking about African countries.

Trump previously told Haitian-Americans: "I really want to be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion", while he was campaigning past year in Miami's Little Haiti.

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