As President Trump continues to take criticism over the term "s***hole countries", Ari Fleischer says the White House should focus on substance and policy.
The Post said that Trump rejected a bipartisan bill that would have restored protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and a handful of African countries.
The comments revived charges that the president is racist and roiled immigration talks that were already on tenuous footing.
"Shithole? Thought they said he was so impressed with us just last September?"
President Trump was evaluated by the White House physician and his exam was released to the press on Friday.
"The rhetoric just makes it more hard, and that's unfortunate", said Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, a senior House lawmaker.
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow called him "an openly racist president". "The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel", Graham said, adding: "I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals".
The fairly routine exam for previous presidents has taken on outsized importance in the age of Trump, given the tone of some of his tweets, comments attributed to some of his close advisers and Trump's recent slurring of words on national TV.
El Salvador, also facing an end to protected status for its 200,000 citizens living in the United States, sent a formal letter of protest to the U.S. government over the comments. "They're not shocking, not even really surprising because this is who Donald Trump is-this is what he thinks".
Yet there's no doubt that the episode has added new fuel to the charges of racism that have dogged Trump for years, since long before he assumed the presidency. You get what I'm saying?
"Following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday".
Or I could tell you about the singular, oppressive narrative the media trots out when talking about Haiti, the one about an island mired in poverty and misery, the one about AIDS, the one about a country plagued by natural and man-made disasters, because these are the stories people want to hear, the stories that make Haiti into a pitiable spectacle instead of the proud, complicated country it is. Trump welcomed Norway's Prime Minister Solberg to the White House on Wednesday; that might be why the Nordic country was on his mind.
"His supporters made excuses, continue to make excuses for him".
"I think it's going to go very well. Do we need more Hatians?"' "But he is a racist".
"To our surprise, he or someone in the White House invited five other members of Congress", Durbin said, ticking off the names - House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy R-Calif., and Reps.
Prominent Kenyan commentator Patrick Gathara said Mr Trump's words were nothing new.
South African comedian Trevor Noah, star of America's The Daily Show, described himself as an offended citizen of "South Shithole" and also criticised Mr Trump's preferred choice of Norway for immigrants.
"To (our) partners in the global community, I want to take advantage of this day to tell you all that under my leadership the country wants to take its destiny in its own hands, as I said in parliament", he added.
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