Reports that U.S. President Donald Trump used a vulgar term to describe Haiti and African nations have been confirmed by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, who was in an Oval Office meeting Thursday when the President called them "s--hole countries".
"It's one thing to ask if he's a racist and that's OK, but the next thing is, since this continues to happen there needs to be something to dynamic, some kind of leverage", Ryan said.
Trump later tweeted Friday morning that he never said anything derogatory.
He turned to Twitter to state: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!", the President tweeted. The Dems will threaten "shutdown", but what they are really doing is shutting down our military, at a time we need it most.
Special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants, that has protected them from deportation following the 2010 natural disaster, will end next year following a Trump administration ruling last month.
Solberg, whose office also declined to comment on Trump's remarks, is expected to announce soon an expansion of her cabinet to include Norway's Liberal Party, a centrist group that favors strong environmental policies and more immigration. "President Trump should withdraw the statement and apologize".More news: Bella Hadid romancing basketball star?
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The president later said of his controversial remarks on Twitter that "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".
Around 700,000 people are now enrolled in the DACA program, which allows enrollees to live and work in the US for two-year periods.
Despite the hurt, she said the immigrant community is a tough one.
Lindsey Graham, a Republican, joined other lawmakers who had been working on immigration legislation of their own at the White House Thursday.
Following an emergency session of the African diplomats, Pobee added that the group "is concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the United States administration towards Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of colour". It noted that Trump's comments had immediately sparked "controversy and indignation".