Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump partly denies, also defends vulgar immigrant comments

Trump partly denies, also defends vulgar immigrant comments

As President Trump has cracked down on illegal immigration and reportedly disparaged the "shithole" countries immigrants leave, there's at least one place from which he'd like more immigration: Norway. He also denied saying "anything derogatory about Haitians other than" that Haiti is "a very poor and troubled country".

Trump later tweeted that the language he used was tough, but not the language being reported. The details of the proposal have not been publicised, but the President said: "The so-called bipartisan DACA deal. was a big step backwards". And it prompted senators who were present at the meeting to answer questions Friday about their recollections of the startling remarks.

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

Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the only Democrat in the room, said Mr Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said.

Another Republican, Representative Mia Love of Utah, is a child of Haitian immigrants.

Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue said they did not hear the president's racist remark.

CNN news host Anderson Cooper has hit out at President Trump in an emotional speech in defence of Haiti after reports Trump questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from "s***hole countries" in Africa.

The Government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump, must use this descriptor and derogatory word, when talking about countries with whom the United States has had cordial and mutually beneficial bilateral relations for so many years.

Republican senator Jeff Flake of Arizona tweeted: "The words used by the president, as related to me directly following the meeting by those in attendance, were not "tough", they were abhorrent and repulsive".

But he added that the words attributed to him were "not the language used".

Trump lashed out Thursday about a potential deal on immigration that includes protections for Haitians and for people from some African nations. Not just once but repeatedly.

"I think that will matter to the president", Graham told reporters after the meeting Thursday.

The meeting was over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows immigrants who entered the country as minors to defer potential deportation.

"And then he went on when we started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure".

"Why do we want all these people from "shithole countries" coming here?" He pointed to Trump's 2015 comments on Mexican immigrants, who Trump said are "rapists" and bringing drugs and crimes to the U.S.

Trump essentially denied using the language but that did not deter liberals and Trump-haters from feeding into the frenzy that followed.

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