In his meeting with a group of senators, Trump had questioned why the United States would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s**thole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and others who had been briefed on the remarkable Oval Office conversation.
A day after President Donald Trump reportedly made highly incendiary comments about immigrants and African countries, two Republican senators said they don't recall those vulgar characterizations from the president.
Trump, according to a White House official, also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt they help the U.S. economically, the report said. "They're shithole countries, we should have more people from Norway", he is alleged to have said, before also questioning the need for people from Haiti to come to the US. The explosive remarks came during a conversation about the visa lottery program, which benefits some African countries, and about the temporary protected status given to immigrants from certain nations, including El Salvador and Haiti.
"The words used by the president, as related to me directly following the meeting by those in attendance, were not 'tough, ' " he said, taking issue with the president's tweet. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!"
Durbin, who was in the meeting with Trump, told reporters the president did say "these hate-filled things" and repeatedly called African nations "shitholes". He also claimed the deal would force the USA to "to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly", but did not offer any specifics or evidence.
In the United States, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) described Trump's comments as "a low mark for this president" and "a low point for our nation".
Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo on Saturday said Donald Trump's reported description of African nations as "shithole countries" was unacceptable, while his predecessor branded the USA head of state a racist. He ignored her, and she asked the same question again.
"We sent guidance to our folks and told them that we must reiterate that we have great respect for the people of Africa and all nations, and our commitment remains strong", he said.
"The government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump must use this descriptor and derogatory word when talking about countries with whom the US has had cordial and mutually beneficial relations for so many years". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" In a private meeting in June of past year, Mr. Trump said immigrants from Haiti "all have AIDS".