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

'Shithole' Row between US President and Press Eclipses Immigration Reform Agenda

'Shithole' Row between US President and Press Eclipses Immigration Reform Agenda

"Get smart, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" he tweeted.

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

"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 our President speak yesterday", declared Mr Durbin.

In November, Donald Trump's administration said it was ending Temporary Protected Status for people from Haiti.

Durbin described his shock when hearing Trump's words. The tagline adds, "Trump spews vicious slur against immigrants". Jeffress says Trump has courage and deserved gratitude for his leadership.

During a meeting with lawmakers on Thursday, Donald Trump reportedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador and certain African countries as "shithole" nations.

So far, the State Department said, the USA charge d'affaires in Haiti and ambassador in Botswana have been called in by their hosts after Trump reportedly dubbed these countries "shitholes".

Trump denied in a Twitter post this morning that he used the language attributed to him, but said the language he used in the meeting "was tough". He then reportedly asked why the United States didn't bring in more immigrants from a country like Norway. He did not specifically deny using the word "s***hole".

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Botswana's government called Mr Trump's comment "highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist", and said it had summoned the U.S. ambassador to find out if Botswana is considered a "shithole" by the US. In November, Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced termination of the protections for Haitians, saying, "Significant steps have been taken to improve the stability and quality of life for Haitian citizens, and Haiti is able to safely receive traditional levels of returned citizens".

"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country", Trump added in a follow-up tweet.

"It might happen once or twice without CNN executives being aware, but it wouldn't continue if they were not OK", former CNN executive Jon Klein said. A White House official went as far as to call this his "victory lap". The people were not authorized to describe the conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine Tweeted Friday: 'These comments are highly inappropriate & out of bounds and could hurt efforts for a bipartisan immigration agreement.

Another lawmaker present at the White House meeting, GOP Rep.

While discussing immigration behind closed doors, Trump allegedly maligned African nations as "shithole [s]" and openly questioned why the United States allows immigration from the continent, Haiti, and El Salvador without courting more immigrants from nations like Norway. Trump is accused of saying during the meeting, according to The Washington Post.

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