Trump's immigration remarks lambasted from left and right

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

Clinton weighed in Friday afternoon, after Trump had been pummeled in the media for hours over having reportedly inveighed during an Oval Office meeting against immigrants from "s***hole countries" coming into the United States.

President Donald Trump claimed, in tweet Friday he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

"We had a meeting", Graham said from Capitol Hill, "and I will tell you that I'm hopeful".

"I can not imagine that in the history of [the Oval Office], that hallowed room, where the president of the United States goes to work every day, there has ever been a conversation quite like that".

The AU's mission in Washington expressed its "infuriation, disappointment and outrage" at the comment and demanded a retraction as well as an apology.

"Generally, I prefer for network anchors to pose questions, rather than answer them", former CNN correspondent Frank Sesno said of cable news coverage.

Graham's statement did not confirm that Trump used the phrase "shithole countries", but it did not deny that either, and Sen. It is not true.

"He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly", Durbin said during a press conference at an MLK breakfast Friday. He did not specifically deny using the word "shithole".

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky added: "Just when you thought Donald Trump could not get any more racist, he digs down to an even deeper low".

"Those sentiments and the way he handled the meetings are not going to bring Democrats closer to the president on substance", the aide said, adding that the comment gives "a glimpse into the reasoning why" the president rejected a deal after "Democrats met him more than halfway". African Americans believe that they migrated to America in chains, and when you speak about chain migration, it hurts them personally. "It was a heartbreaking moment", Durbin said.

"Haitians don't deserve such treatment", said Paul Altidor, the Haitian ambassador. Do we need more Haitians?' Then he went on and started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure.

During a meeting about the program of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, commonly known as DACA, the president of the United States Donald Trump, allegedly made derogatory comments in which he labels immigrants from some countries as "crap".

Hugo Martinez, El Salvador's foreign minister, called on the USA government to confirm or deny Trump's statements. Tim Scott (R-SC) already said that Graham confirmed the comments to him privately.

"Very very sad, I was so shocked, I'm still shocked, I can't believe he said that", says Weedor Mcdoweel, originally fromlLiberia whose lived in the U.S for almost seven years. It took courage for what he did, and, I made my own comments in response to it.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin insists he heard the president's comments, saying reports of what he said were accurate.

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