Trump's words rip open the debate over whether he's racist

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Many Norwegians rejected on Friday a suggestion by US President Donald Trump that they would be more welcome to move to the United States than immigrants from "shithole countries" such as Haiti or African nations. Richard Durbin of IL, the lone Democrat present in the Oval Office at the time, said Trump's denial was false and the president had said things that were "hate-filled, vile and racist". But I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard the president speak yesterday. Was in the room. Susan Collins called the president's language "highly inappropriate".

The Washington Post reported the comments Thursday.

In a tweet Friday morning, Trump suggested that he did not use the insulting term. In response to the reports, Trump tweeted that his language was "tough, but this was not the language used". The details of the proposal have not been publicised, but the President said: "The so-called bipartisan DACA deal. was a big step backwards".

DACA protects hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.

While Mr Trump announced the abolition of the programme for "dreamers" in October, he gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative solution.

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", he wrote.

Trump tweeted Friday that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians" and praised his relationship with people from the country.

He also said that the Democrats "made up" the story, claiming that he referred to Haiti as a "sh*thole country", emphasizing that he had never said "anything derogatory about Haitians".

We've heard on our Facebook page from people on both sides, many who say they find no issue with the President's statement and others who disagree. "Made up by Dems". The largest is El Salvadoran, the second is Honduran and the third is Haitian and when I mentioned that fact to him he said "Haitians? Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

And Haiti's US ambassador told the BBC that Haitians are not "simply immigrants who come here to take advantage of the U.S".

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Leanne Manas, a news anchor for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, tweeted Friday morning, "Good morning from the greatest most lovely "s-thole country" in the world!".

Asked about the remarks on Thursday, White House spokesman Raj Shah did not deny them.

"The president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday", he said in a statement released by the White House.

Haiti said it was shocked by the reported remarks and summoned the top usa diplomat in the country, asking for an apology if the term had been used.

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Senator Durbin, a member of the Democratic Party, was at the White House meeting on Thursday. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, had been pushing for stronger immigration enforcement and a less generous package for the Dreamers.

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and Georgia Sen.

"Let's give him some more time to see what he can do".

The fact that he would so angrily disparage immigrants of color while wishing we had more immigrants from Norway or perhaps other places in Europe speaks for itself.

Akufo-Addo's predecessor, John Dramani Mahama, also criticized Trump's comments Saturday.