Norwegians like their own country just fine, thank you

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

Trump was widely reported on Thursday to have questioned in a meeting with lawmakers why the United States should accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than from places such as Norway.

Trump was said to have told them that instead of granting temporary residency to citizens of countries hit by natural disasters, war or epidemics, the USA should instead be taking in migrants from countries like Norway. Day, according to The Daily Beast.

In a tweet yesterday morning, Mr Trump denied he had used the language ascribed to him.

Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, on Friday told reporters that Trump questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and that he referenced "shithole countries" in Africa.

Earlier in the day, the Office of UN Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said the USA president's reported remarks that immigrants were coming from "shithole countries" were racist. Today the president tweeted that his language was "tough" but insisted he did not say anything derogatory about Haitians aside from noting it is a poor country. "It is not true".

He said that they all had AIDS, as well as Nigerians, who he said would never go back to their "huts", according to officials who heard the statements in person or were briefed on the remarks by people who had. "That was the nature of this conversation", Durbin said. During a 2016 campaign event in Miami, he said "the Haitian people deserve better" and told the audience of Haitian-Americans he wanted to "be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion".

Amid the furore the president criticised an immigration proposal to protect 700,000 children who were brought to the United States as illegal immigrants and later given protection from deportation under a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. She was governor general in 2010 when Haiti was hit by a massive quake that devastated large portions of the country, killing tens of thousands of people and displacing many more. Durbin said people who would be allowed to stay in the US included those who had fled here after disasters hit their homes in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti.

Trump then told the senators, " 'Haitians - we don't need more Haitians, '" Durbin said.

Some Trump supporters backed the president by arguing in defense of the spirit of what he was trying to say - that Americans do not benefit from taking in immigrants from third-world countries.

The president said at the White House that "love was central" to the slain civil rights leader.

Watch Trump make those comments below, via Fox News. I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

"That's when he used those sickening, heartbreaking remarks, saying, 'Those shitholes send us the people that they don't want.' He repeated that".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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