According to two sources, at Thursday's meeting the president questioned why the United States would want to accept immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as "sh**hole countries".
Trump's reported comments, made during closed-door White House talks on an immigration deal on Thursday, were a reaction to a plan drafted by a bipartisan group of senators to protect juvenile immigrants from deportation and make other changes to immigration laws and border security. On Friday the president tweeted that his language was "tough" but insisted he did not say anything derogatory about Haitians aside from noting it's a poor country. Near the end of previous year, the White House denied that Trump said Haitians had aids and that Nigerians would never "go back to their huts" in Africa during another immigration briefing. To no surprise, the president started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words. After reports emerged that the president used the discriminatory, crass language to express his distaste for offering protections to Haitian and El Saldavorian immigrants (as well as immigrants from certain African countries), he faced widespread backlash.
Despite the back and forth regarding Trump's reported remarks, several lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have decried the language and condemned the comments. Said Trump according to the New York Times.
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"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Trump denies using the word.
Among his objections, Mr Trump said the USA "would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly".
"The most disturbing thing about Trump's "shithole" remarks is the way in which his White House encourages assimilation". Never said "take them out". "Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and United States of America would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime. countries which are doing badly".
Just one day after referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as "s**thole countries" President Donald Trump hosted an event on Friday in honor of the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.