'Shithole' epithet turned immigration debate into new Trump drama


'Shithole' epithet turned immigration debate into new Trump drama

"The language used by me at the Daca meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump said, apparently referring to the remarks quoted by The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Trump has denied using that language but others present say he did.

Trump said on Twitter on Friday he merely used "tough" language when discussing a new immigration bill with a group of US senators. DACA protects from deportation the almost 800,000 immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

So was Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of IL, who told reporters separately on Friday morning that Graham stood up to the president after he reportedly made derogatory comments about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, and wondered aloud why the United States couldn't attract more immigrants from predominantly-white Norway.

Durbin said Graham immediately spoke up against Trump's comments, and he commended the Republican senator for doing so. "There is no other word one can use but 'racist, '" United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a Geneva news briefing.

Trump on Friday denied saying "anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". Made up by Dems. I think the President will probably come out and explain.

Clinton piled on, bringing up the anniversary of the devastating quake that struck Haiti in 2010 and using it as a club to hit at her former rival.

African U.N. envoys issued a statement saying they are "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks attributed to the President of the United States of America".

El Salvador slammed them as "deplorable".

The 2016 letter put Trump's blood pressure and cholesterol measurements in the healthy range, though he uses a cholesterol-lowering statin medication.

U.S. missions went into damage control mode. "Haitians should not be seen as a bunch of immigrants who come to the United States to exploit USA resources".

Trump has said he will end the program in March unless Congress acts - and also authorizes strict border enforcement measures, too.

"On this pale blue dot Earth that we call home, the Haitian people are our neighbors, to whom our support is both the policy of a great America as it is a sacred duty", Sean wrote.

The White House will determine what information will be released, to the public regarding the check-up, since Trump is not compelled to release any information soon.

But the president has to know that even if video footage of the comment existed, there wouldn't be any political consequences for him.

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

He ignored reporters who shouted questions about his remarks.

Trump's remarks had an obvious racial component - and came days before the nation celebrates the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

The Trump administration has announced its intention to end temporary protections for Salvadorans and Haitians who have lived in the US since natural disasters in their countries more than a decade ago, as well as President Obama's deportation relief for people brought to the USA illegally as children.

He has characterised Mexican immigrants as "rapists", repeatedly questioned the loyalty of Muslim immigrants, denounced NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem in protest at police brutality against African Americans, and made questionable comments about a violent white supremacist rally.