Trump Responses To "Sh*thole" Remarks

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"Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and United States of America would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly", Trump wrote.

"My hope is that it will inspire individuals to say I'm going to live my life to prove them wrong, that statement wrong, the misconceptions wrong, or the labels wrong", Jacques said.

In Haiti, on the eighth anniversary of a devastating natural disaster that killed about 220,000 people, the government also summoned the top US diplomat for an explanation, while the Haitian ambassador to Washington called for an apology. Durbin said, adding that the president then went on to describe African nations as "s-tholes".

Jeffress sent out the statement as many evangelical leaders condemned the remarks as offensive and racist.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here", Trump reportedly said.

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, also a Republican, said he wanted more details of the president's comments.

"The Haitian government condemns in the strongest terms these abhorrent and obnoxious remarks which, if proven, reflect a totally erroneous and racist view of the Haitian community and its contribution to the United States", it said.

"What do we want Haitians here for?" the president asked, according to the people briefed.

At first, he admitted he had used "tough" language, yet simultaneously denied using the exact words the media was reporting on. He used those words repeatedly.

President Donald Trump is insisting he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians".

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"We always knew that President Trump doesn't like people from certain countries or people [of] certain colours", Congressman Luis Gutierrez said.

Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians ... he said, 'Hatians? I was very proud of him, it took courage for what he did", Durbin said.

President Donald Trump on Friday offered a partial denial in public but privately defended his extraordinary remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries a day earlier.

Republican Senator Tom Cotton and Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte were both there, as was White House aide Stephen Miller, a proponent of severely limiting immigration.

El Salvador's foreign ministry said the US president had "implicitly" accepted the use of "harsh terms detrimental to the dignity of El Salvador and other countries".

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump tweeted Friday. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA". "Neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", she said. Norway's prime minister had just visited the White House Wednesday. He said, "I will not be diverted from all possible efforts to continue negotiating to stop the deportations".

Of course, numerous countries that Trump was talking about - the accounts are fuzzy, but reports suggest he was talking about sub-Saharan nations, and perhaps Haiti - really are basket-cases.

The news broke late Thursday afternoon that during a meeting with lawmakers, Trump described some countries in Africa and the Caribbean, like Haiti, as "sh-hole countries".

The three Democratic and three GOP senators who'd struck their proposed deal had been working for months on how to balance those protections with Trump's demands for border security, an end to a visa lottery aimed at increasing immigrant diversity, and limits to immigrants' ability to sponsor family members to join them in America.

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