Democrats announced Friday that they will attempt to censure President Donald Trump after reports that he described Haiti, El Salvador, and numerous African nations as "shithole countries" during a closed-door meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration earlier this week.
He asked lawmakers discussing immigration why the US would take in more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa.
In a tweet, Trump said: "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". The most "tough" thing at the scandalous meeting was the "outlandish proposal" made by the bipartisan group on DACA, he added.
Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the only Democrat in the room, said Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., also a Cuban-American, said Trump's language, "should not be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn't be heard in the White House". This is the time but, day by day, they are blowing the one great opportunity they have.
"The exact word used by the president, not just once but repeatedly", the senator said.
Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians ... he said, 'Hatians?"
"Mr. Trump surely does not understand that what makes America Great is its diversity stemming from the immigration of the "poor, the exhausted and the huddled masses" from these various countries", Monestime said.
Mr. President, so many have tried to take us out before.
The CNN anchor holds a close relationship with Haiti after he was one of the first foreign journalists to arrive and report on the devastating quake that killed thousands in 2010.
The tweets suggest that Trump is interested in a system that would only accept individuals from certain countries and backgrounds in exchange for a DACA deal - as well as a much more substantial border investment than one year of funding and technology upgrades the lawmakers had presented.
Hardest hit? The U.S. press, which had fingers crossed that a physical exam could provide the pretext to throw Trump out of the Oval Office. The president, he said, "screws things up when he gets in the middle of the process".
"In the spirit of the people of Haiti we feel in the statements, if they were made, the president was either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people, " the ambassador, Paul G. Altidor, said in a statement. "I think it fundamentally poisons the relationship with numerous countries". She said they are hurting prospects for a bipartisan agreement on immigration.
"Without performing an evaluation of this kind, President Trump would be receiving care that is inadequate to the standard care regularly administered to millions of Americans covered by Medicare", the letter argues. Tom Cotton and David Perdue, said they "do not recall the President saying these comments specifically". He has also considered recording all his meetings to prevent similar controversies in the future. To borrow a slogan that many Americans of different backgrounds have been using since the beginning of this presidency, today we mourn, tomorrow we fight.