'S**thole' countries hit back at Trump

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The president reportedly asked, "Why do we want all these people from "sh-hole countries" coming here?" before suggesting, "We need more people from Norway".

Fasano said Trump's comments are "beyond inappropriate and offensive" and do not reflect the values of the Republican party.

"To no surprise, the President started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words", Durbin said.

"He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly", Durbin said during a press conference at an MLK breakfast Friday.

Botswana calls on SADC, the African Union and all other progressive nations across the world to strongly condemn the remarks made by President Trump.

Many of Trump's supporters, no doubt, would argue that is a pretty accurate description some countries and that while the president was being crude, this was just Trump cutting through all the politically correct jargon to get to the heart of the matter.

The comment, according to a report from The Washington Post came up during a meeting between Trump and Democratic and Republican lawmakers who were trying to pitch a bipartisan immigration proposal, which Trump ultimately turned down.

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"I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level", Trump said in another tweet. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" House Speaker Paul Ryan said the "sh*thole" comment was "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful", while the CEO of the pro-Trump media outlet Newsmax said that if the president indeed uttered the comment, it would be "not appropriate".

Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians ... he said, 'Hatians?"

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, who was among those who attended the meeting, said the president used the derogatory term several times.

"I can not believe that in the history of the White House and of that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday".

Trump had denied using the word "shithole".

The Trump administration late past year announced it would end the TPS designation for Haiti, a move that could affect tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants.

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