According to The Washington Post, several of those briefed on the meeting recalled Trump asking, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" while discussing a bipartisan immigration deal. At the meeting, NPR reported, he also "questioned why the United States would admit immigrants from them and other nations, like Haiti" and El Salvador, instead of countries like Norway. "Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?" the President reportedly asked lawmakers, arguing that the USA should have more people coming from countries like Norway.
The president met on Thursday with Senators Lindsey Graham, Republican of SC, and Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of IL. To no surprise, the President started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words.
"Good morning from the greatest most lovely "shithole country" in the world!"
"As individual Christians, we have a biblical responsibility to place the needs of others above our own, but as Commander-in-Chief, President Trump has the constitutional responsibility to place the interest of our nation above the needs of other countries".
President Jovenel Moise's government issued a strongly worded statement denouncing what it called a "racist" view of Haitian immigrants and people from African countries.
Haiti's ambassador in Washington has also asked for an apology, as Trump reportedly specifically questioned the protections granted to Haitian immigrants after the natural disaster.
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Anderson Cooper said Trump's comments weren't "racial" or "racially charged", they were racist. "Made up by Dems", Trump wrote. Durbin is part of a bipartisan group of six senators who announced Thursday the framework of a compromise on immigration.
He will always reject temporary, weak and risky stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway.
Trump took particular issue with the idea that people who'd fled to the US after disasters hit their homes in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti would be allowed to stay as part of the deal, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly describe the discussion. "We, along with the President, are committed to solving an issue many in Congress have failed to deliver on for decades".
Although there is evidence that a family-based system of immigration provides a number of benefits to the US, that's really beside the point: Trump didn't argue for a policy that gives preference to doctors or other high-skilled workers.
Most presidents, though, dont always tell Americans what they want to hear (even if they often do), and thats particularly the case with comments that stoke racial tension - or are openly racist. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who also attended Thursday's meeting, claimed the alleged quotes were accurate.
Trump has since denied making the off colour remarks, only describing the language he used as "tough".
Botswana also said it had summoned the U.S. ambassador to that country, Earl Miller, to "express its displeasure" and had asked Miller whether Botswana "is regarded as a "s**thole" country".
Clinton piled on, bringing up the anniversary of the devastating natural disaster that struck Haiti in 2010 and using it as a club to hit at her former rival.
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"We were hoping for that, but the president is not prepared to do that at this moment", Durbin said.
CNN's Kaitlan Collins spoke with White House staffers who predicted that "it will actually resonate with his base, not alienate it, much like his attacks on NFL players who kneel during the national anthem did".
"No! I gotta go", he told a Post reporter as he left his Capitol Hill office and jumped into an SUV that sped away.
It can be hard to extract concrete policy proposals out of the president's off-the-cuff remarks, so we'll leave that task to his loyal translators.
"He said 'Put me down for wanting more Europeans to come to this country. If they don't, for goodness' sake, give us a vote".
Trump earned national political prominence by promoting the falsehood that Barack Obama, America's first African-American president, was not born in the United States.
Love said her office asked White House staff members if the reports were valid, but did not receive a response.
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