According to The Washington Post, during an Oval Office meeting on Thursday with US senators to discuss the status of some immigrants in the country, President Trump described Haiti, El Salvador and unspecified African countries as "shitholes".
Dodging the questions, the President said goodbye to his guests and rushed out of the room.
"I seen the statement they said the president made about why we keep allowing immigrants to come into our country from sh*thole places like Haiti, Africa, El Salvador, why we can't have immigrants come in from places like Norway".
"Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?"
The White House did not deny his remark outright, but issued a statement saying Mr Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society". On Friday (local time) the President tweeted that his language was "tough" but insisted he did not say anything derogatory about Haiti aside from noting it's a poor country. Trump tweeted Friday that reports about what he said were inaccurate but did not specify how.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". That's when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from 'sh-holes.' The exact word used by the president. That may be how Trump looks at his own relationships, but the United States will never become great simply by stockpiling other nations' best people.
"I suspect the Democrats are sitting there going, 'Why would we want to compromise with him on anything?" said Simpson, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.
Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, slammed Trump for his comment.
During a Thursday meeting on immigration with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, Trump criticized protections the U.S. has given to immigrants from various underdeveloped countries. He did not confirm or deny that Trump had said anything offensive.
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