'Sh*thole' epithet turned immigration debate into new Trump drama

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Former President Bill Clinton responded Friday to President Trump's reported comments questioning why the USA was accepting immigrants from "s--hole" countries, allegedly made in reference to Haiti and some countries in Africa and Central America.

After he asked why America accepts immigrants from "shithole" countries like Haiti and El Salvador on Thursday, a debate erupted around the world about whether President Donald Trump is a racist.

A day after President Donald Trump reportedly made highly incendiary comments about immigrants and African countries, two Republican senators said they don't recall those vulgar characterizations from the president.

In an earlier tweet on Friday, Mr. Trump said, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

In a statement attributed to him in media reports, Mr. Trump referred to them as "s***hole countries" during an interaction with lawmakers at the White House on Thursday on immigration.

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

Lemon expressed his unsurprised disgust at Trump, reiterating his numerous racist statements and actions, from calling Mexicans "rapists" to defending neo-Nazis in Charlottesville to saying all Haitians have AIDS.

Trump blasts Democrats as 'all talk and no action' on fixing DACA
Texas is home to the second largest population of active DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients in the nation. But members of Congress have struggled to agree on a permanent legal solution for DACA recipients.

Durbin, the second-highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate, described the president's words as "hateful, vile and racist". He also reportedly said Haitians "all have AIDS", according to New York Times.

The United Nations human rights body said the comments, if confirmed, were "racist".

He said the president repeatedly used the word "sh**hole" when speaking about African countries.

Trump's denial came among a series of other tweets in which he defended his immigration stance.

We use cookies to give you the best experience on our website and bring you more relevant advertising. The president said he has a wonderful relationship with Haitians and suggested future meetings probably should be recorded. Ben Cardin said Trump's "comments do not represent America's values".

"When you're doing that well and you have that many accomplishments, don't you want people to be talking about your accomplishments?"

Mr Trump's comments were decried as racist by African and Haitian politicians, by the United Nations human rights office and by USA lawmakers from both major parties. I will not be diverted from all possible efforts to continue negotiating to stop the deportations.

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