Haitians on Friday pushed back at U.S. President Donald Trump's reported description of the Caribbean country as a "shithole", instead celebrating a history of slave revolution and resilience on the eighth anniversary of a devastating quake.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump insisted in a series of Friday morning tweets. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA! Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Less than three hours later, Durbin and a Republican colleague, Senator Lindsey Graham, drove away from the White House with the deal in pieces and a controversy over offensive language about to reverberate worldwide. The White House did not deny Thursday that Trump used the vulgarity, first reported by The Washington Post and later confirmed by numerous other news outlets.
Two other GOP Trump allies who attended the meeting - Sens. While some congressional Republicans from NY unequivocally criticized Trump, others have taken his vague semi-denials at face value. Made up by Dems. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"
When he was running for office, Trump released a glowing report from his personal physician in NY, who said Trump would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency". Trump used the words "repeatedly", the senator said.
"The president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday", Jackson said in a brief statement distributed by the White House.
Republican leaders were largely silent, though House Speaker Paul Ryan said the vulgar language was "very unfortunate, unhelpful". I thought about my own family. "Get smart, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" "What I think of these countries is actually very positive'".
Trump's comments came during an Oval Office meeting where he questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation. The reason is simple: "Donald Trump is a racist", he said in a tweet. "But regrettably, it seems that not everyone is committed to negotiating in good faith". "This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation".
And it prompted senators who were present at the meeting to answer questions Friday about their recollections of the startling remarks. And the speeding auto left its drivers behind.
On Friday, however, Sen.
"But this was not the language I used", he added, apparently referencing the report of him saying "s--hole".
His comments came after worldwide figures and others accused Trump of making racist remarks during a meeting with Graham and other lawmakers discussing immigration reform. "And what I've heard reported is consistent about what I heard about the meeting".
"As an American, I am ashamed of the president", said Democrat Representative Luis Gutierrez.
Trump spent Thursday evening making a flurry of calls to friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to the tempest, said the confidant, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to disclose a private conversation. "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!". "So statements at the eleventh hour are not going to distract me".
But neither he nor the White House disputed the most controversial of his remarks: using the word "shithole" to describe Africa nations and saying he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead. In that same time period, a total of 13.06 million foreign nationals have entered the USA through the legal immigration system, as every seven out of ten new arrivals come to the country for nothing other than family reunification.
"Either the president has been misinformed or he is miseducated", Altidor said, adding that Haiti's government also formally summoned a U.S. official to explain the comments. Trump said, according to people familiar with the meeting.
Special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants, protecting them from deportation following the 2010 quake, will end next year following a Trump administration ruling last month.
"We always knew that President Trump doesn't like people from certain countries or people [of] certain colours", Congressman Luis Gutierrez said.
It's unclear, however, whether he was talking about Durbin refuting Trump earlier that day.
In the past few days, the paper reported, "the tension on the theme of immigration has risen noticeably" with Trump and a bipartisan group from Congress meeting January 11 to discuss a measure that would keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program intact, but also include Trump's demands for a border wall. "Our bipartisan group continues to build support for the only deal in town".
Independent president candidate and BYU graduate Evan McMullin harshly criticized Trump on Twitter.
"It's not how a president should speak. That's not how a president behaves". "I can see we have an ignorant president". "If they don't, for goodness' sake, give us a vote". "Despite her response of "Manhattan", the president apparently kept digging and inquired about the origins of "[her] people" until she told mentioned that her parents were from Korea.
The president's remark is "unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation's values", she said.
Trump earned national political prominence by promoting the falsehood that Barack Obama, America's first African-American president, was not born in the United States.
Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, characterized the remarks as "racist".