Trump Pushes Back on Vulgar Comments About Haiti

Trump Pushes Back on Vulgar Comments About Haiti

It was in the Oval Office as lawmakers were discussing protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal.

Waters, who has long called for the president's impeachment, said that the comments proved her point that Trump is a "hopeless and ignorant bigot".

Dodging the questions, the President said goodbye to his guests and rushed out of the room.

Trump later tweeted comments about "taking them out" - referring to Haitians - were "made up" by Democrats.

Prior to Trump's denial, UN Human Rights Office's spokesman Rupert Colville, slammed the reported comment, saying: "You can not dismiss entire countries as shitholes ..."

It also set off fresh questions of whether Trump's racist language helps or hurts him politically, particularly among the largely white, conservative voters that helped him win the presidency. Responding to the reports and Trump's declarations on the matter, the Central American country's foreign ministry said the president had "implicitly" accepted the use of "harsh terms detrimental to the dignity of El Salvador and other countries". Trump said, according to people at the meeting. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", Trump tweeted.

But Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, whom Durbin said had voiced objection to Trump's comments during the meeting, issued a statement that did not dispute the remarks. Trump said, according to people briefed on the meeting who spoke with The Washington Post.

On Friday, Trump denied using the language, about Haiti, and tried to turn the conversation to Democrats. "His history of racism is very well documented but I felt because I didn't know him that well and he had so many people normalizing his behavior, this is just how he talks", Hostin said. It gave us a plotline that told us as much about the people around its protagonist as the protagonist himself: a disastrous whirlwind on immigration, one of the show's signature issues.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., criticized Trump's remarks during an event Friday in Milwaukee, pointing to his own Irish ancestors' migration to America.

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But Trump supporters on Friday pushed back on the notion that racist comments appeal to his base, an argument that has been made countless times in articles, books and on cable T.V.

Trump's alleged statement drew global condemnation.

"He didn't just name a white country, he named the whitest - so white they wear moon-screen", he said.

Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love, whose family descended from Haiti, called the president's comments "unkind, divisive [and] elitist".

The United States should seek immigrants from Norway instead, he reportedly said.

Hillary Clinton condemned President Donald Trump's reported comment Thursday about "shithole countries" in a tweet Friday marking the anniversary of the quake in Haiti.

2 On Your Side reached out for comments from Republican Congressman Chris Collins and Tom Reed along with Senator Charles Schumer.

There was no mention at that time of the language that sources said Trump had used, details of which were soon leaked.

Colville also expressed concern for previous remarks by Trump that had what he called racial undertones, including campaign events in which the then-candidate had called Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, and Trump's response a year ago to a white supremacist march saying that "both sides" deserved blame.

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