WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday denied utilizing sure “language” as fury unfold over his feedback about immigration throughout a personal assembly with lawmakers. But neither he nor the White House denied essentially the most controversial of his feedback: utilizing the phrase “shithole” to explain international locations in Africa and saying he would favor immigrants from international locations like Norway as a substitute.
During an Oval Office assembly on Thursday, Trump questioned why the U.S. would settle for extra immigrants from Haiti and “shithole international locations” in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, in response to folks briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office dialog.
“The language utilized by me on the DACA assembly was robust, however this was not the language used,” Trump insisted in a collection of Friday morning tweets. “What was actually robust was the outlandish proposal made – an enormous setback for DACA.”
But Sen. Dick Durbin, the one Democrat within the room, disputed the president’s account.
“He stated these hate-filled issues and he stated them repeatedly,” Durbin stated,
Durbin added, “When the query was requested about Haitians … he stated, ‘Haitians? Do we want extra Haitians?'”
Trump took specific problem with the characterization of his feedback on Haiti.
“Never stated something derogatory about Haitians aside from Haiti is, clearly, a really poor and troubled nation. Never stated “take them out.” Made up by Dems,” Trump wrote. “I’ve an exquisite relationship with Haitians. Probably ought to report future conferences – sadly, no belief!”
The Trump administration introduced late final yr that it might finish a short lived residency allow program that allowed practically 60,000 residents from Haiti to reside and work within the United States following a devastating 2010 earthquake. The Washington Post stated that throughout the assembly he stated immigrants from Haiti needs to be overlooked of any new settlement permitted by Congress.
Trump’s contemptuous blanket description of African international locations startled lawmakers within the assembly and instantly revived costs that the president is racist. The White House on Thursday didn’t deny his comment however issued a press release saying Trump helps immigration insurance policies that welcome “those that can contribute to our society.”
Trump’s feedback got here as two senators introduced particulars of a bipartisan compromise that might lengthen protections towards deportation for a whole lot of hundreds of younger immigrants — and in addition strengthen border protections, as Trump has insisted.
The lawmakers had hoped Trump would again their accord, an settlement amongst six senators evenly cut up amongst Republicans and Democrats, ending a monthslong, bitter dispute over defending the “dreamers.” But the White House later rejected it, plunging the problem again into uncertainty simply eight days earlier than a deadline that threatens a authorities shutdown.
Durbin of Illinois, the Senate’ s No. 2 Democrat, defined that as a part of that deal, a lottery for visas that has benefited folks from Africa and different nations can be ended, the sources stated, although there may very well be one other approach for them to use. Durbin stated individuals who can be allowed to remain within the U.S. included those that had fled right here after disasters hit their properties in locations similar to El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti.
As for immigrants from Africa, the president urged that as a substitute, the U.S. ought to enable extra entrants from international locations like Norway. Trump met this week with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
Asked concerning the remarks Thursday, White House spokesman Raj Shah didn’t deny them.
“Certain Washington politicians select to battle for international international locations, however President Trump will all the time battle for the American folks,” he stated.
Trump’s remarks had been outstanding even by the requirements of a president who has been accused of racism by his foes and who has routinely smashed by means of public decorum that his fashionable predecessors have usually embraced.
Trump has inaccurately claimed that Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president, wasn’t born within the United States. He has stated Mexican immigrants had been “bringing crime” and had been “rapists.” He stated there have been “very high-quality folks on each side” after violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left one counter-protester lifeless.
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland stated, “President Trump’s feedback are racist and a shame.” But it wasn’t simply Democrats objecting.
Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, stated Trump’s feedback had been “unkind, divisive, elitist and fly within the face of our nation’s values.” She stated, “This habits is unacceptable from the chief of our nation” and known as on Trump to apologize to the American folks “and the nations he so wantonly maligned.”
Trump has known as himself the “least racist particular person that you’ve got ever met.”
Associated Press writers Jill Colvin, Andrew Taylor, Kevin Freking and Matthew Daly contributed to this report.