To those who still deny that Trump is racist

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 13, 2018

Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue, who've been close allies to the President on the issue of immigration, were in a White House meeting with him Thursday when Trump, according to sources, expressed frustration with people coming to the U.S. from "shithole countries".

"The Government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump must use this descriptor and derogatory word when talking about countries with whom the US has had cordial and mutually beneficial relations for so many years", wrote the Botswana Ministry of International Affairs in a statement.

U.S. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who was at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday where Trump reportedly made the remarks, confirmed to reporters on Friday that Trump used "vile, vulgar" language, including "shithole".

"(I) have known many fine Haitians - including a former governor general of Canada", Campbell said in a tweet.

Trump then denied he said "anything derogatory" about Haitians or Haiti except that it's a "very poor and troubled country".

At the White House meeting Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham briefed the president on the newly drafted, bipartisan immigration bill. "He used those words repeatedly". I understand how powerful they are. "I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday". It's incumbent on everyone as global citizens, he said, to challenge the president's views on countries outside the US, especially those that are poor and in need.

Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, a parliamentary secretary to the minister of global development, did respond to reports of Trump's comments on Thursday evening.

He made the comment during a discussion of an emerging bipartisan deal with members of Congress from both parties on Thursday to give legal status to immigrants illegally brought to the USA as children, those with knowledge of the conversation said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

He said: "Here's a picture I snapped while I was cycling home to my #shithole".

"I can say that now and I hate saying it, but I can say it now", she went on.

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"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", Shah said. "He said, 'That's a good line, ' dismissing it", Durbin said.

Some Republicans also criticized Trump.

In 2017, as president, he came under fire for saying there were "many fine people" on both sides of the Charlottesville protest which included white supremacists. I think the first phase is what Chuck and Steny and I have mentioned, and others as well: We have a deadline looming and a lot of lives hanging.

Speaking in London, Ont., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would not "opine on what the president may or may not have said" but called Canada a country of openness and respect.

They "fly in the face of our nation's values", Love added.

Its government summoned the U.S. ambassador, seeking to clarify whether the United States regards Botswana as a "shithole" country.

While some Republicans hope to gain leverage by dragging out negotiations and increase the risk that DACA recipients could lose status and even be deported, advocates have made clear to Democrats they should feel empowered to reject a deal that benefits DACA immigrants at the expense of scores of others and their families. Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar told NPR's Morning Edition that he "can't condone vocabulary that another person actually utilizes in that aspect".

"So, I see this as a thing to celebrate", he said.

"Any word can be utilized in an offensive aspect", Gosar said. In a series of tweets early Friday, he said that was not the language he used. It is "absolutely integral to the meaning and spirit of the story being told".

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