After the Thursday meeting at the White House - and a few hours before The Washington Post reported news of Trump's "shithole" remarks - Graham was calm and composed when speaking with reporters about how his pitch had gone over with the president and his colleagues.
Friday, President Trump denied using any off color language in that private closed door meeting saying on Twitter that "the language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but that was not the language used". Two immigration hard-liners, Republican Sens.
On Friday, Trump tweeted: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
After lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador, the president reportedly demanded to know why the United States should accept immigrants from "shithole countries", rather than - for instance - wealthy and overwhelmingly white Norway.
Some Republicans were also plainly unhappy, with House Speaker Paul Ryan describing the reported comments as "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful".
"All my friends who work out all the time, they're going for knee replacements, hip replacements - they're a disaster, " he The New York Times Magazine in 2015.
Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga. - said Friday that they "do not recall" Trump "saying these comments specifically".
Trump did not respond to shouted questions about his comments as he signed a proclamation Friday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
No one is denying, however, that Trump rejected a bipartisan immigration deal brought to him by six senators that addressed not only the now-ended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but also the diversity lottery and temporary protected status programs, funding for border security, and some aspects of the family-based migration system. Mahama tweeted under a mocked-up photograph of Trump being shown a map of Africa in which all the countries were labelled "Nambia". As top recipients of USA aid, some hesitated to jeopardize it by criticizing Trump, especially as his administration has sought to slash foreign assistance.More news: Inc. Sells 1979 Shares of Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD)
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"Made up by Dems", he tweeted. He added the country "would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly".
Hillary Clinton made a decision to get on her high horse via Twitter and condemn President Trump's alleged description of those paradises on earth otherwise known as El Salvador, Haiti, and some African countries as "sh*thole countries".
Trump's comments are extremely offensive to South Africa, said Jessie Duarte, a senior official with the ruling African National Congress. Haiti is not a sh*thole country.
The acclaimed novelist said that Haiti is a country of great art and culture.
The United Nations' human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva that Trump's comments were "shocking and shameful".
Others said they thought Trump had a point, in a way.
Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, said Trump's comments were "unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation's values".
It was unclear now how a deal might emerge, though both sides insist the clock is ticking. "Now, Congress must set the example by rising above this comment and finding bipartisan solutions to the issues before us".
Federal agencies will run out of money and have to shut down if lawmakers don't pass legislation extending their financing by January 19. Republican lawmakers introduced legislation in 2017 that would cut or eliminate some long-standing parts of the USA immigration system, but none of the bills passed.
In recent days, a group of Republican and Democratic leaders from the House and Senate have met with the stated goal of crafting an alternative to the Senate bipartisan deal.