Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Did he, didn't he? Trump denies 'shithole' remark, Democratic senator disagrees

Did he, didn't he? Trump denies 'shithole' remark, Democratic senator disagrees

Earlier in the day, the Office of UN Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said the United States president's reported remarks that immigrants were coming from "shithole countries" were racist. "He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly", he said.

Trump said that the United States should accept more immigrants from countries like Norway, the reports said.

Several Pennsylvania Republicans are criticizing President Donald Trump this morning after reports that he questioned why the USA should accept immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa. Trump strongly denied the derogatory remark against Haiti over Twitter the next day, but neither he nor the White House mentioned his attitude toward African nations.

"Never said 'take them out, '" Trump said, likely a way for him to say he never requested deportation for those receiving temporary legal protection.

Later on Friday morning, the president tweeted that he used tough language in the meeting, but those words are not what he used, he says. And it's not like during the campaign you didn't tell a group of Haitian-Americans, "I really want to be your biggest champion".

"African-Americans believe that they migrated to America in chains, and when you speak about chain migration, it hurts them personally, '" he recalled.

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In a discussion about immigration from African nations, Mr. Trump asked why he would want "all these people from shithole countries", according to people with direct knowledge of the conversation. Asked what Trump said Thursday during the Oval Office meeting on immigration reform that Durbin attended, the senator described the president's language.

Former President Obama has a message for President Donald Trump: Pay close attention to your behavior because it has the potential to impact the nation's culture and values.

Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin told reporters in a video that he personally heard that Trump used "those words advisedly".

Trump has said he wants to end the DACA program in March unless Congress takes action. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" he said.

The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the president's tweet.

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