This comes a day after Trump had questioned why the USA accepts immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some nations in Africa, calling those places "s***hole countries", when instead it could take more from countries such as Norway, whose Prime Minister Trump recently met. 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. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!"
Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, the only Democrat in the room, said Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said.
"I feel this place is more divided, in Ghana it is not like that", he said. I have not read one of them that's inaccurate.
The president made the remarks Thursday during a White House meeting with lawmakers. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, issued a joint statement, saying they did "not recall the president saying those comments specifically".
Durbin, a key negotiator in DACA talks, recounted the meeting on MSNBC Friday, saying, "He said, 'Haitians".
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One African source reached by Breitbart News on Friday said that Trump had only said what many Africans say behind closed doors - at least about the continent's most troubled nations. It is disparaging to people in the United States who are from these countries.
Mr. President, so many have tried to take us out before. When he spoke to reporters on Air Force One earlier this week, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said it wouldn't be included in the physical, The Hill reported. "He said these hate-filled things". "I think on the immigration issue, when you're making racist comments like that it makes it more hard to come to an agreement on a deal that he can support", the aide said, adding it also raises questions about future negotiations and whether Trump will "play a constructive role". "The American people will ultimately judge us on the outcome we achieve, not the process which led to it", Graham said.
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.
Yesterday Ghana's president Nana Akufo-Addo called Trump's remark "extremely unfortunate" and said that "we will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful".
In a statement, the A.U Mission said it condemned the remarks in the strongest terms and wants a retraction of the comments and an apology to not only to the Africans but to all people of African descent around the globe. Trump did not explain how that fits with his administration's decision to end temporary legal status for almost 60,000 Haitian immigrants. He has also considered recording all his meetings to prevent similar controversies in the future.