GOP leaders mostly stayed quiet but more moderate Republicans reacted sharply against President Donald Trump's incendiary comments about "shithole" countries in Africa during a White House meeting Thursday.
According to The Washington Post, the group was discussing immigration and visa lottery system when Trump asked why the United States would want immigrants "from all these sh-thole countries" like Haiti and African nations instead of countries like Norway.
"Mr. President did you refer to African nations as "shitholes"?"
Trump reportedly made the remarks at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday.
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They were explaining how certain immigration programs operate, including one to give safe haven in the U.S. to people from countries suffering from natural disasters or civil strife. Trump has since tweeted that he used "tough" language during the meeting but never used the derogatory language that has caused outrage across the globe. "It is not true".
Then there was a discussion about "chain migration", a term the Trump administration has used to describe immigrants who've come to America and are trying to petition to have family members join them, Durbin said. Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians. he said, "Haitians?"
"The relationship between the two countries has been strengthened by the fact that millions of sons and daughters of Haiti have contributed and will continue to contribute to the prosperity and greatness of America", it said.
DACA protects hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to the USA as children from deportation. Trump said, suggesting that more immigrants be brought into the country from places like Norway or Asia.
Jeffress says Trump has a constitutional responsibility as commander in chief to protect the U.S. "Do we need more Haitians?'" There is no transcript or recording of that meeting. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said, "President Trump's comments are racist and a disgrace". I work every day to make this the most welcoming state for everyone - Haitians, Cubans, Venezuelans, and others from all around the world that call Florida home. I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs. She called on Mr Trump to apologise to the American people and to the countries he denigrated. "Durbin of IL, the Senate" s No. 2 Democrat, explained that as part of that deal, a lottery for visas that has benefited people from Africa and other nations would be ended, the sources said, though there could be another way for them to apply.