According to two sources, at Thursday's meeting the president questioned why the United States would want to accept immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as "sh**hole countries". The president reportedly referred to some countries in Africa as a "shithole".
The U.S. leader has been under fire at home and overseas after he reportedly referred to Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting on an immigration deal with a group of bipartisan lawmakers at the White House on Thursday.
In 2009 Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, chose Ghana's capital Accra to set out his foreign policy goals for Africa in a speech in which he said he saw Africa "as a fundamental part of our interconnected world". "Do we need more Haitians?"
On Friday, Trump denied using the language, about Haiti, and tried to turn the conversation to Democrats.
"He was very kind to the Haitians, he was very eloquent to them, and he was the first president to (have) ever visited Haitians, and he said he was going to be the champion of Haitians", Haitian-American Georges Sami Saati said. Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of IL, who was in the meeting, reconfirmed Friday that Trump repeatedly "said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist".
"Africa/U.S. relations will take strain from this, with a leader who has failed to reconcile humanity", Maimane said. The White House did not deny them. I've not read one of them that's inaccurate. 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. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), came in an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians.
Trump held a televised meeting earlier this week at the White House with congressional Democrats and Republicans on comprehensive immigration reform - which would nearly certainly include protection for young illegal immigrants, known as DREAMers, in exchange for Trump's U.S. - Mexico border wall and the elimination of so-called "chain migration".
Durbin said Graham immediately spoke up against Trump's comments, and he commended the Republican senator for doing so.
Botswana officials noted that they had "summoned" U.S. Ambassador Earl R. Miller regarding the statements that President Trump had made during a meeting with lawmakers a day earlier, during which the chief executive allegedly exclaimed: "What do we want Haitians here for? Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"
Jean, a refugee from Haiti who came to Canada in 1968 and was raised in Thetford Mines, Que., also noted that Friday was the eighth anniversary of a devastating natural disaster that struck her native country, one of 57 member French-language countries - many from Africa - that form La Francophonie. The alleged comments caused a media firestorm and led many to refer to the president as "racist".
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