Trump refutes 'shithole' remark, says 'this was not the language used'

Trump refutes 'shithole' remark, says 'this was not the language used'

Trump has since tweeted that he used "tough" language during the meeting but never used the derogatory language that has caused outrage across the globe.

Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, a parliamentary secretary to the minister of worldwide development, did respond to reports of Trump's comments on Thursday evening.

Trump and the lawmakers had been discussing a visa lottery program that annually allows as many as 50,000 citizens from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S. to reside in the USA legally, as well as programs that temporarily protect certain immigrants from deportation that the White House is ending.

"You've seen the comments in the press. They're shithole countries. We should have more people from Norway", according to one source briefed on the conversation.

The president did call some African nations "shitholes", he said. Bob Goodlatte, (R-Va.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), according to MSNBC.

Dick Durbin, who was in the room with Trump when he made the remark, said that the president did use "vile, vulgar" language including the word "shithole".

The January 19 deadline for reaching agreement on government spending is rapidly approaching - which many Democrats insist must include immigration - and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is set to end in early March.

"Mr. President are you a racist?" "Ours is not a shithole country". A large proportion of diversity visa lottery recipients come from African nations.

At the same time, two Republicans who were in the Oval Office with Trump said they "do not recall" him talking about "shithole" countries in Africa. The Trump administration is ending those protections for people from Haiti, El Salvador and Nicaragua, and suggested it will do the same for Hondurans.

He also denied demanding that Haitians be removed from negotiations about protected status for people from certain countries.

Durbin, speaking to reporters in video that aired on MSNBC on Friday, said he had been explaining a bipartisan group of senators' immigration plan on Thursday and how it impacted immigrants from various countries, including those in Africa.

Haitian President Jovenel Moise's government issued a strongly worded statement denouncing what it called a "racist" depiction of Haiti. Not just once but repeatedly. Graham hasn't publicly commented on the meeting. They sparked bipartisan backlash to the president, with many lawmakers calling them un-American or unhelpful. "He said, 'That's a good line, ' dismissing it", Durbin said. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, reiterated on Thursday after the White House meeting that a deal would only move for a vote with a clear message from the President that he would sign it. Trump has inaccurately claimed that Barack Obama, the nation's first black president, wasn't born in the United States.

"This was not the language used", Trump said in a tweet. He went on to criticize the immigration deal, saying: "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" She called on Mr Trump to apologise to the American people and to the countries he denigrated. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems.

Mr Trump continued: "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians". "Probably", the president concluded this morning, citing to a lack of trust on all sides, we "should record future meetings" of this type.

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

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