Trump Partly Denies, Also Defends Vulgar Immigrant Comments


Trump was meeting with lawmakers in a bid to gain bipartisan support for an immigration deal that would possibly restore TPS for countries - including Haiti - where it's been removed, according to The Washington Post.

A senator present at a White House immigration meeting says President Donald Trump used vulgar language to describe African countries, saying he "said these hate filled things and he said them repeatedly".

The president reportedly questioned why the United States would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than nations like Norway.

Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met Wednesday.

But Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, whom Durbin said had voiced objection to Trump's comments during the meeting, issued a statement that did not dispute the remarks. "Apparently President Trump has to open a book to learn about Haiti". That, too, because recent immigrants are more likely to come from Asian or Latin American countries. Never said "take them out". In a now-infamous exchange, CNN's Jim Acosta asked White House immigration hardliner Stephen Miller whether Trump's policies are designed "to engineer the racial and ethnic flow of people into this country".

El Salvador President Salvador Sánchez Cerén said it has sent a formal letter of protest to the US Government, "also highlighting the value of Salvadorans and remembering there were compatriots who worked on the reconstruction of the Pentagon after the unfortunate terrorist attacks of 2001". "Why do we need more Haitians".

However, Trump said Friday he's not on board with the proposal - partly because of the wall he wants built along the U.S. -Mexico border.

Republican Lindsay Graham said he directly confronted the president on the matter. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who also attended Thursday's meeting, claimed the alleged quotes were accurate.

Trump spent Thursday evening making a flurry of calls to friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to the tempest, said the confidant, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to disclose a private conversation.

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Jeffress also said he was "grateful" to have Trump as president and thanked him for the "courage" to protect the U.S. It's a middle finger to s--hole countries, but more to the point, it's a statement that we don't want the people from them.

"The Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe are "shitholes" - run by assholes", the source said.

Trump reportedly demanded to know why the USA allows so much immigration from the aforementioned "shithole countries" in a meeting with lawmakers about immigration policy on Thursday.

The U.S. granted temporary protected status (TPS) to Haitians after the natural disaster.

On Friday morning, Trump appeared to deny he made the "shithole" comment.

Jeffress is an informal advisor to Trump and has visited the White House. He went on to say that he had "a wonderful relationship with Haitians".

Former Vice President Joe Biden condemned the remark on Twitter.

"This is even more hurtful given the historical reality of just how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, and also terribly surprising as the United States remains a massively positive example as just how migration can give birth to a nation", Kalondo said. "They are coming from either rural areas or they are [the product of fathers holding] lower skilled laborer positions in cities", she says.

Haiti's Ambassador to the US, has also formally summoned an American official to explain the president's comments and said the government "vehemently" condemned them, NBC News contributor Yamiche Alcindor.