Gov. Rick Scott responds to President Trump's 'sh**hole' comment

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

"What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA". It's a dignity many in this White House could learn from.

Durbin told the media on Friday that he reprimanded Trump for using the term "chain migration" in immigration negotiations, claiming it was associated with racism, despite the IL senator just this week also using the term.

Haitian Senator Yuri Latortue said the reported remarks were also galling because they came just before the U.S. marks the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr on Monday.

"Trump will not last in office", Mr Maxon said. "Made up by Dems", Trump wrote.

"(I) have known many fine Haitians - including a former governor general of Canada", Campbell said in a tweet. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" he said.

Trump ignited a storm of controversy on Thursday after denouncing immigration to the United States from "shithole countries" during a meeting with lawmakers.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said, "President Trump's comments are racist and a disgrace".

Mr Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians. he said, 'Haitians?"

It said in a statement that it had asked the US government, through its ambassador, to "clarify" if the derogatory remark also applied to Botswana given that there were Botswana nationals living in the United States and others who wished to go there.

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. Furthermore, the IL lawmaker labeled the president's words "hate-filled" and "racist".

Haiti's government summoned charge d'affairs Robin Diallo, the top USA diplomat in the country, to respond.

"I think it was an ignorant comment", said a high school student whose parents immigrated from Mali.

After lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador, the president reportedly demanded to know why the United States should accept immigrants from "shithole countries", rather than - for instance - wealthy and overwhelmingly white Norway. "Ours is not a shithole country".

Trump on Thursday questioned why the United States would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as "shithole countries" during a briefing on draft immigration legislation, according to two sources familiar with the comments. The Washington Post reported that, during the meeting, Trump said immigrants from Haiti should be left out of any new agreement approved by Congress. "Despite her response of "Manhattan", the president apparently kept digging and inquired about the origins of "[her] people" until she told mentioned that her parents were from Korea. The region ranks ninth nationwide for metropolitan areas with the most foreign born Haitians. Trump is "very aware" you can't fix this problem without the Democrats, Graham added.

In November, the Trump administration rescinded deportation protection granted to almost 60,000 Haitians after the 2010 natural disaster and told them to return home by July 2019.

At the White House meeting Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham briefed the president on the newly drafted, bipartisan immigration bill.

Farris said that the comments were "another example of him (Trump) speaking without knowing the facts".

"To our brothers, sisters, and friends in immigrant communities at home and across the world, know that we stand with you".

Durbin said in his statement Friday that he and others in his bipartisan group will continue pressing for a DACA deal. "That's not how a president behaves", Simpson said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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