Reports that U.S. President Donald Trump used a vulgar term to describe Haiti and African nations have been confirmed by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, who was in an Oval Office meeting Thursday when the President called them "s-hole countries".
He also took issue with Trumps reported suggestion that the United States should welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose population is overwhelmingly white, instead of from African countries and Haiti.
On the anniversary, many people want to focus on honoring those who lost their lives.
Henrik Heldahl, a commentator for the political website Amerikansk Politikk, said the sentiment would have been welcomed in Norway had Trump used less coarse language for Haiti and African countries.
"But they have no confirmation yet", Saati said.
Special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants, that has protected them from deportation following the 2010 natural disaster, will end next year following a Trump administration ruling last month.
The controversial comments were brought up while the president argued against opening the U.S. borders to Haitians and Africans fleeing poverty, starvation, and violence in their homelands. He said these hateful things and he said them repeatedly. The Associated Press, however, reported that Trump privately defended the alleged comment, arguing it wasn't racist but "straightforward".
His promise is now in question after the comments allegedly made during a private immigration meeting with lawmakers. "I want to see the tape".
"This is very much a vile and disgusting comment coming from the president of the United States", he added. "They reinforce abhorrent racist attitudes, and evidence of the lack of knowledge, understanding, and empathy we expect of the person who occupies the highest office in the land". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"
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