Trump has since been branded a shocking and shameful racist after it was credibly reported he had described African nations, as well as Haiti and El Salvador as "shitholes" and questioned why so many of their citizens had ever been permitted to enter America. Trump told senators in the Oval Office, according to a source briefed on the meeting, the comments from which were first reported by The Washington Post.
He tweeted Friday that he used "tough" language but "not that language", which was being taken as a denial of the "sh*thole" comment, although Mr. Trump did not specifically reference that phrase in his denial.
On Twitter, Trump was defiant, criticizing the immigration deal that was being discussed when he made his disparaging remarks, saying: "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!"
Dr. Ronny Jackson, in a statement released by the White House, said the examination "went exceptionally well". I have not read one of them that's inaccurate. That's when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from 's***holes.' The exact word used by the President.
In Austin, a 28-year-old Haitian who said his temporary protected status expires in a week, said he was not surprised by Trump's comments.
Time is running out for President Trump and Congress to negotiate a deal to protect young, undocumented immigrants from getting deported and to fund the government, but on Friday, the back and forth over whether the president actually called African nations and Haiti "shithole countries" complicated the talks and further damaged Trump's standing on Capitol Hill.
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"It's not a shock to anyone anymore", said Robillard, 49, who was born in Haiti but moved to South Florida in 2000.
"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", said Sen.
The physical included checking the blood pressure, heart rate, weight and cholesterol levels, among other things, of the president, who is 71. "We have to show the world that this President does not represent the real feelings of most of the American people which is part of the reason why he lost the popular vote".
Trump later tweeted Friday morning that he "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
"In the spirit of the people of Haiti we feel in the statements, if they were made, the president was either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people, " the ambassador, Paul G. Altidor, said in a statement.
Edwidge Danticat is an award-winning Haitian-American novelist, based in Miami.
And since we're also talking about immigration as well, we're hoping the president would take time to meet some of the TPS recipients, to see exactly how much contribution as a community we continue to provide here in this country. He has also considered recording all his meetings to prevent similar controversies in the future.