Trump's reported comments were also taken personally by Dr. Andrew Furey, an orthopedic surgeon in St. John's, N.L., and founder of Team Broken Earth, a group of medical professionals who responded to the Haitian natural disaster in 2010 and has since returned to the country several times.
When asked what Trump had said in the meeting, Durbin said, "I can not believe that in the history of the White House and of that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday". We are certainly not a "shithole country". Mr. Trump also said the United States should admit more people from places like Norway, an overwhelmingly white country.
At a meeting discussing immigration with U.S. Senators, Trump referred to developing nations with brown-skinned citizens as "shithole countries", according to multiple sources.
In addition, the president singled out Haiti, telling lawmakers that immigrants from that country must be left out of any deal, these people said.
The controversy - and the president's actions - are being watched closely by Jacksonville's immigrant community, including Haitian immigrant Patrick Jacques.
"The African Union strongly believes there is a huge misunderstanding of the African continent and the people by the current administration", the organization, which comprises 55 member states, said in a statement. The vast damage that the 7.0-magnitude quake caused to the island's infrastructure and economy led to the designation for Haitians of a US immigration protection known as Temporary Protected Status. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!".
"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
His comment clashed with a statement by two other Republican participants Sens.
This is not the first time Trump has sought to blame Democrats for the thorny debate over the immigration program, tweeting earlier this month that they were "doing nothing". "A racist is a racist in all sense of the word". "And this influencer said what needs to happen, and it's kind of-she made me laugh with it, but it's real".
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The same goes for our nation's health care system, where care seems to become less affordable with each passing year despite a law that promised better.
During a segment on Cooper's show, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said that "this president, deep down, may just be a racist".
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