Trump acknowledges 'tough' language but appears to deny 'shithole' remark

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 13, 2018

New Yorkers are reacting to President Donald Trump's reported vulgar remarks about immigrants from African countries and Haiti. On Twitter, he wrote that "this was not the language used" and denied that he had said "anything derogatory about Haitians".

Trump spent about three hours with military doctors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, an exam that White House doctor Ronny Jackson said went "exceptionally well".

During a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on immigration Thursday, Trump criticized protections the United States gives to immigrants from various underdeveloped countries, including Haiti, El Salvador, and some African countries. Dick Durbin (D-IL) confirmed the allegations.

Trump allegedly questioned why the US doesn't admit more immigrants from countries like Norway, whose prime minister visited the White House this week.

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

Before the "shithole" controversy, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt tweeted that, judging by Solberg's visit, "keys to success with Trump is personal charm, a solid trade deficit with the USA and buying tons of US military hardware".

Trump mentioned each of those nations and regions while discussing immigration policy on Jan 11, according to NBC News. "He said blatantly what many of us know that he believes because he has said too many times to be mistaken: that immigrants from Africa, the continent of Africa, and from Haiti, are not welcome because of their color and their place of origin, to the United States".

In 2015, there were 676,000 Haitian immigrants in the United States, up from 587,000 in 2010, accounting for less than 2 percent of the USA foreign-born population, according to the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute.

Trump's comments came as Durbin was presenting details of the compromise plan that included providing $1.6 billion for a first installment of the president's long-sought border wall.

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The Haiti the group cares so fondly about can be described with one word: strength. President Trump said things that were hate-filled, vile, and racist.

"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday".

Trump is anathema to time-honored American values that foster a melting pot of cultures, skills and religions, that welcome refugees.

The alleged comments came during a DACA meeting on Thursday. Sen.

Haiti and Botswana summoned U.S. ambassadors to explain the comments reportedly made at a White House meeting as part of an attempt by Republicans and Democrats to protect from deportation 700,000 children brought to the USA illegally as children.

The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, published a front-page article on Friday calling Trump's reported comments "particularly harsh and offensive". "Do we need more Hatians?"'

"President Trump's comments are racist and a disgrace", said Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat in the House.

Mr. Durbin said he and a small group of senators from both parties still intend to put forward their compromise bill next week, but he intimated that any future progress would have to come from Congress, not the President.

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