"I feel this place is more divided, in Ghana it is not like that", he said. But there's no denying that the words multiple news organizations reported Trump said are consistent with comments he has made about race during his campaign and his presidency. The president, according to a White House official, also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because they help the United States economically. He gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative solution.
No one who has paid even casual attention to Donald Trump could claim real surprise when he reportedly told a bipartisan congressional delegation that he was exhausted of immigrants from "shithole countries" such as Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations and yearned for more from countries like Norway.
"The United States was built off of the backs of those who migrated from a wide array of countries", said Richardson, whose 43rd Assembly District in Brooklyn comprises large concentration of Haitians and people of African descent. But what has been a fairly routine exam for previous presidents has taken on outsized importance in the age of Trump, given the tone of some of his tweets, comments attributed to some of his close advisers and Trump's recent slurring of words on national TV.
"We are the country that eight years ago lost over 300,000 people whose lives and memory we should be commemorating today, rather than trying to hold our heads up wherever in the world we happen to be".
"Made up by Dems", he tweeted. "I think it fundamentally poisons the relationship with numerous countries".
And, all of a sudden, a hoped-for bipartisan deal on immigration was plunged into the muck of ignorance and xenophobia - three days before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and one day before the eighth anniversary of the devastating Haitian natural disaster on January 12, 2010.
New York State Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, who represents the 42ndAssembly District in Brooklyn, said as Haitians on Friday marked the 8th anniversary of the 2010 massive quake, it was sad that they were also united in denouncing the "distasteful, denigrating and disparaging racist remarks referring Haiti, Africa and other black or brown countries as "shithole" countries". I try to stick to my business, committees, and get us a good farm bill.
U.S. missions went into damage control mode.
The diplomats' statement concluded with a reaffirmation to their commitment to the values of "multilateralism, diversity and equality of nations as enshrined in the relevant African Union and UN charter and instruments".
Trump has denied making the remarks, but Illinois Democratic Sen. Even as Trump's comments provided fodder for late night comics, they raised questions about whether he has now made it harder for lawmakers to find a compromise to achieve immigration reform.More news: Israeli PM to visit India for boost of ties
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In November then Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke revoked temporary protected status for Haitians who came to the USA after an quake destroyed the island country in 2010.
Trump could not have been clearer about who is welcome in his America and who is not.
And some of Trump's allies, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, also expressed dismay.
Durbin said that despite Trump's rejection of the bipartisan deal he would introduce it as legislation next week and work on getting Democratic and Republican support for passage.
In an oddly-timed coincidence, the United States president yesterday signed a declaration honoring killed civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr, three days before the federal holiday celebrated in his honor. He ignored reporters who shouted questions about his remarks.
Nevertheless, the uproar has revived attention on previous remarks by Trump that have ignited accusations of racism.
"President Trump said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist", said Sen.
In June 2015 when he called Mexican immigrants rapists.
Facing strong condemnation at home and overseas, US President Donald Trump on Friday denied using the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries.
"The only thing that would attract me to emigrate to the USA is your vibrant multicultural society".