Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Durbin Confirms 'Sh*thole' Remark: Trump Said 'Vile' Things 'Repeatedly'

Durbin Confirms 'Sh*thole' Remark: Trump Said 'Vile' Things 'Repeatedly'

The President was being informed of the impact of immigrants from Haiti and African nations when he reportedly asked: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

The United States itself has its own problems such as unemployment among millions of people, inequality and non-access to healthcare for many poor people, Duarte said. Never said "take them out".

Trump then suggested the United States should bring in more people from countries like Norway, the report said.

"Ours is not a shithole country, neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", said Duarte. A person familiar with what was said at the meeting told CNN that Trump also said: "Why do we need more Haitians?".

As soon as Trump's comments were reported, people took the "president" to task.

In a meeting with a senators and House members on immigration, the President Trump, asked this: "Why do we want all these people from "shithole countries" coming here?" I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians.

'What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!'

"African-Americans believe that they migrated to America in chains, and when you speak about chain migration, it hurts them personally, '" he recalled.

Trump's description of an entire continent startled lawmakers in the meeting and immediately revived charges that the president is racist.

Friday morning Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who was in the Oval Office with President Trump and at least six GOP lawmakers, became the first and only lawmaker to denounce Trump's remarks. Trump is also considering an idea to record all of his future meetings in order to prevent any speculation surrounding his remarks.

"The president calling #Haiti a "shithole country" ignores the contributions thousands of Haitians have made to our #SoFla community and nation", Ros-Lehtinen posted on Twitter.

Responding to the remarks, AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo reminded Trump that many Africans "arrived in the slaves", adding that Trump's profane statement "flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice".

"He said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist", Durbin continued. "Because, if it wasn't, it means we voted for a racist - like a real one - and we'd have to get pitchforks and chase him out of the White House".

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