Trump Offers Vague Denial About Language on Immigrants

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Mr Trump convened Thursday's meeting to discuss reforming immigration policy, and one of the politicians inside the Oval Office suggested that a deal could be reached if Mr Trump agreed to restore protection for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.

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 USA from "shithole countries".

First Baptist Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress defended explicit comments by President Trump, where he referred to Haiti and some African nations as "shithole countries".

Trump reportedly reacted to a discussion of that last component of the deal by saying: "Why are we having all these people from s--hole countries come here?" before suggesting the USA should instead allow in more people from countries like Norway.

But Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, whom Durbin said had voiced objection to Trump's comments during the meeting, issued a statement that did not dispute the remarks. If this particular news cycle plays out the way the Access Hollywood story did, Trump will receive some opprobrium from his word choice (a meta-debate is already swirling around whether news outlets should reproduce the word "shithole"). It is a attractive 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. Never said "take them out". "When you think about immigrants from Norway and immigrants from Haiti, or African countries, what's the difference except skin color?" she questioned.

Other supporters likened Trump's comments to locker room banter ― we've heard that before ― or even "kitchen table" talk, suggesting the president was just mimicking conversations that happen in some corners of the USA every day.

He ignores the triumphs of immigrants who came from these countries.

In 2016, in response to a question about then-candidate Trump's views on immigration and his intention to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, Francis said a man with such views was "not Christian". "Why do we need more Haitians".

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Others shared pictures of their lovely continent, saying that it wasn't the "shithole" Mr Trump reportedly said it was.

The president "will always reject temporary, weak and risky stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway", Raj added. Dick Durbin, who also attended the White House session, ripped Trump's comments Friday.

Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Trump's comments were yet another "confirmation of his racially insensitive and ignorant views".

The comments were "clearly" racist, Ms Kalondo said, but stressed the United States was "much stronger than the sum total of one man".

While those missions won't stop, "if people fundamentally don't trust you and like you, it's going to change the tone of the relationship", Lewis said. Trump later denied using the vulgar phrase, but said he used "tough" language at the meeting. "Why do we want all these people from s--hole countries?"

The administration announced past year that it would end a temporary residency permit program that allowed almost 60,000 Haitians to live and work in the the wake of a devastating 2010 quake.

Trump reportedly used a vulgarity to describe Haiti and African countries according to several reports. Most of all, it's not what a president should believe. Reacting to Trump's remarks, the African Union continental body said it was "frankly alarmed" by Trump's comments. We're better than this, ' Biden tweeted Friday morning. So, our history here with the United States goes back a long, long, long way.