"We would not deign to make comments as derogatory as that about any country that has any kind of socio-economic or other difficulties", Duarte said, adding that much like their African counterparts millions of USA citizens were affected by problems such as unemployment.
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.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin had come to the White House Thursday to outline their bipartisan compromise, but found themselves in the room with several Republican immigration hardliners. He complained that the USA, instead, should accept people from places such as Norway.
Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country.
But neither he nor the White House disputed the most controversial of his remarks: using the word "shithole" to describe Africa nations and saying he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead.
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called the comments "beneath the dignity of the presidency" and said Trump's desire to see more immigrants from countries like Norway was "an effort to set this country back generations by promoting a homogenous, white society".
The White House later denied he used the word AIDS to describe Haitians. "I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals". He also, according to CNN, "spent his Thursday night phoning aides, allies and friends, asking them how they thought the "shithole" remark was playing out in the press". Trump has inaccurately claimed that Barack Obama, the nation's first black president, wasn't born in the United States.
He said Trump used the most vulgar term "more than once".
He recounted to reporters what he heard: "He said, 'Haitians?"
"The President erupted several times with questions, and in the course of his comments, said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist", Durbin told reporters, adding that he can not believe that "any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday". But it wasn't just Democrats objecting.
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He said the comments, if confirmed, were "shocking and shameful" and added: "I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist". "And on the anniversary of the natural disaster, where you have over a million people displaced, over 300,000 people dead - and that's really a conservative estimate - where over 90 percent of the buildings were destroyed, this is what you have to say?"
"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice", African Union spokesperson Ebba Kalondo said.
"I think it was an ignorant comment", said a high school student whose parents immigrated from Mali.
Durbin and Republican Sen. They're now required to return home by July 2019. Trump's remarks were remarkable even by the standards of a president who has been accused of racism by his foes and who has routinely smashed through public decorum that his modern predecessors have generally embraced. Democrats had long vowed they wouldn't fund the wall but are accepting the opening request as part of a broader plan that protects from deportation about 800,000 "Dreamers".
In a meeting last fall, the president apparently said that a female intelligence expert should be assisting the U.S.in its negotiations with North Korea purely because of her Korean heritage, NBC News reported.
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Colville also expressed concern for previous remarks by Trump that had what he called racial undertones, including campaign events in which the then-candidate had called Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, and Trump's response past year to a white supremacist march saying that "both sides" deserved blame. But she added, "We feel like we're close".