Jake Tapper Goes Off on Trump 'Sh*thole' Comments

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He did not, however, deny accounts from multiple sources either briefed on or familiar with the discussion who told ABC News the president's comments extended to African countries as well. "I can not believe that in the history of White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak (Thursday)".

Despite Trump's denial, the comments quickly drew global condemnation and Florida lawmakers joined in the chorus of calling the president out for what they deemed as "insensitive" remarks.

Mr Trump's reported comments during a meeting with members of congress has sparked global outrage.

A spokesman for the United Nations said Friday that Trump's reported words were racist.

If the President was able to achieve immigration reform, it would've been a truly historic breakthrough - one that successive Republican and Democrat presidents have been unable to achieve. "You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "s-tholes", whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome".

"You've seen the comments in the press".

National Urban League President and former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial said, "President Trump's crude statement regarding immigration from Haiti and African nations is appalling for its lack of compassion, and stunning for its ignorance about the contributions of Haitian and African immigrants".

Dr. Ronny Jackson says in a statement released by the White House that Trump's physical Friday "went exceptionally well". Trump was asked by April Ryan, Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio, as he turned to leave the ceremony honoring the civil rights leader.

Earlier Friday, the president signed a declaration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day and honored the Haitian people involved in the deadly natural disaster on the 8th anniversary of the tragedy.

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Trump has since denied making the off colour remarks, only describing the language he used as "tough".

'Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday, ' Graham said in a statement.

In a flurry of tweets yesterday, Mr Trump defended his immigration stance while claiming the reports about his meeting with senators were inaccurate. It is a lovely story of America, and that is a great story and that is the story we have today and that is a story we had yesterday and that is what makes this country so exceptional and unique in the first place.

One Twitter user made a meme featuring Ann Coulter holding a sign saying "I'm a miserable person who peddles hate to make money off of dumb republicans".

"I thought Lindsey really hit the nail on the head", Graham said. Trump and Congress are trying to resolve it after Trump ended the program. The remarks leaked out, transforming a debate about saving from deportation some 700,000 young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children into another drama about Trump himself. In exchange for a compromise on the DACA programme, Mr Trump is demanding funding for his border wall. He added the country "would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly".

"Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?" upon being presented with protections for immigrants from African countries. Rampant poverty, disease and starvation. They want to come here.

The controversy - and the president's actions - are being watched closely by Jacksonville's immigrant community, including Haitian immigrant Patrick Jacques.

". Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation".