Hillary Clinton Blasts Trump's 'Ignorant, Racist Views' About Haiti

The current immigration moment, he said, presents a "once in a generation opportunity" that can't be passed up.

Time is running out for President Trump and Congress to negotiate a deal to protect young, undocumented immigrants from getting deported and to fund the government, but on Friday, the back and forth over whether the president actually called African nations and Haiti "shithole countries" complicated the talks and further damaged Trump's standing on Capitol Hill. Interfaith Breakfast in Chicago. ". Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation".

"In the course of his comments, (Trump) said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist", Durbin said. "I use those words advisedly. I understand how powerful they are".

The White House has not disputed the report. I have not read one of them that's inaccurate. The White House did not deny his remark but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society".

Three people briefed on the conversation say Trump questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway.

Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Steve Goldstein noted that Trump denies that he uses such language, but said the envoys had been briefed on how to respond to complaints.

He continued an hour later, tweeting, "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". 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?"

"The Government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump must use this descriptor and derogatory word when talking about countries with whom the USA has had cordial and mutually beneficial relations for so many years", wrote the Botswana Ministry of International Affairs in a statement.

Donald Trump sparked outrage after allegedly saying during a DACA meeting, that Haitians, Africans, and Salvadorans are immigrants from "crappy" countries, adding that he want's them out and prefer immigrants from Norway.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), one of the lawmakers in attendance at the Thursday meeting during which President Donald Trump referred to African countries as "shithole countries", said Friday afternoon that he said his "piece" to the President following the comments.

Beyond Durbin, the president's comments have drawn swift rebukes from local Democrats.

Trump has been seeking to end temporary protection status of people from certain countries.

"Those places are risky, dirty, they're corrupt and they're poor and that's the main reason those immigrants are trying to come here, and you would too if you lived there".

"Those were the words that were spoken and the values that were spoken when Hitler put Jews on a boat in 1939, the St. Louis, the name of that boat, to show the world nobody wanted Jews", Emanuel said.

"If any country asks our charge or our ambassador to come over, they will".

Trump's reported language sent shockwaves through US and global media.

"This behaviour is unacceptable from the leader of our nation", she said in a statement.

Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley of Chicago, in a tweet Thursday, said: "Disgraceful & disgusting don't even begin to cover it".

Some Republicans were also up in arms over the remarks.

Trump tweeted Friday amid criticism over his comments during a White House meeting Wednesday.

Senator Dick Durbin said Friday he witnessed what happened at a meeting with the president regarding a bipartisan compromise on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and confirmed the president used that language repeatedly.

President Donald Trump says a bipartisan immigration proposal is "a big step backwards".

"Why are we so up in arms about having a modern Day racist/bigot as President". We are at a deal.

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