Republican, Democratic Lawmakers Trash Trump Comments on Haiti and African Countries

On Thursday, Trump rejected a pitch from senators on a compromise immigration deal. "I can not believe that in the history of the White House and that Oval Office any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday".

Sen. Dick Durbin refuted President Trump's tweeted denials that he used the phrase "sh*thole countries" when discussing legal protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries.

Then, Durbin said that the president began to describe immigration from Africa that would be protected under the bipartisan proposal. The president, according to Durbin, "said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist".

Graham's statement did not detail what Trump said or what Graham told the president in response.

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

"That was the nature of this conversation", Durbin said. What does it say when you hear that he made these remarks in what was a semi-private context?

The president has said he never said that word; however, several officials who were in a meeting with him have said that he did in fact utter that phrase.

A fellow senator says South Carolina Sen. "Do we need more Haitians?"

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The two men said they "do not recall the President saying those comments specifically" but also didn't deny he said them. There is no transcript or recording of that meeting.

They should, in fact, seek to counsel the president about what has made America extraordinarily great - our immigration, our open borders. Anderson Cooper said Trump's comments weren't "racial" or "racially charged", they were racist.

As an immigrant justice advocate, I of course want legal status for everyone trying to make it in this country.

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", he said in a lengthy statement, adding that Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society". "Take them out", Trump was quoted as saying.

"If the reports are accurate, I do not agree with the comments made about countries whose people are an important part of our communities today and have made positive contributions to our culture and economy", he said.

Former governor general Michaëlle Jean was among those Canadians who sharply criticized U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday for reportedly using vulgar language to describe Haiti and countries in Africa.

Rebuke: Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House and after Trump and Mike Pence, the third-most powerful Republican. rebuked the president for the words calling them "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful".

Graham declined to speak to CBS, but on Friday afternoon also released a statement that said, "Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday".

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