'Beneath the office': Lehigh Valley GOP lawmakers on vulgar Trump quote

Esequiel Farfan
Enero 13, 2018

US President Donald Trump has sparked outrage after he was reported to have used crude language to describe foreign countries in an Oval Office meeting.

Trump's comments came during an Oval Office meeting where he questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation. "He used those words", Durbin said.

Another Republican Representative, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who was born in Cuba and whose south Florida district includes many Haitian immigrants, said: "Language like that shouldn't be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn't be heard in the White House".

Trump took particular issue with the characterization of his comments on Haiti.

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"We sent guidance to our folks and told them that we must reiterate that we have great respect for the people of Africa and all nations, and our commitment remains strong", he said.

He made no specific mention of what was said about El Salvador. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

The Washington Post first reported Trump's vulgar remarks Thursday.

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Trump has denied making the remark.

And Haitian ambassador Paul Altidor told MSNBC that Haiti believes Trump was "either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people."

"Mr. President, did you use the word "shithole" to refer to African nations?" Trump met this week with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

"I know the bipartisan proposal discussed at the White House can get a lot of support from both sides". "If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States".

DACA protects hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children from deportation. But it wasn't just Democrats objecting.

Tucker Carlson said President Trump's controversial comment about the USA accepting immigrants from "s***hole countries" is forcing a conversation that elected leaders don't want to have. Leaders from around the globe, including the United Nations, have called the comments racist.

In an editorial, the local Daily Maverick called the comments "a new low", adding, "Casual Friday at the White House is soon to include hoods and tiki torches at this rate".

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