On a day when Haitians planned to mourn the dead, outrage swept across the country over Trump reportedly describing Haiti and countries in Africa as "s-hole countries" during an Oval Office meeting on the eve of the anniversary of the 2010 natural disaster.
Sen. Dick Durbin shot down President Trump's denial that he said the USA should stop accepting immigrants from Haiti and "s-thole countries" in Africa. Richard Durbin, the Senate's second-ranking Democrat, appeared to confirm those reports on Friday.
Trump denounced the deal reached by a group of six Republican and Democratic senators as too weak and insisted he did not use the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries.
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The deal also would include restrictions on a program allowing immigrants to bring some relatives to the U.S.
Trump did not explain how that fits with his administration's decision to end temporary legal status for almost 60,000 Haitian immigrants. He also mentioned Africa and asked why more people from "s***hole countries" should be allowed into the US, the sources said.
"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
Mr. Trump's comment has triggered widespread condemnation.
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"It is not true", said Durbin, who was one of the lawmakers at the Oval Office meeting. He did not specifically deny using the word "shithole".
The president responded on Twitter, saying the language he used at the DACA meeting was tough, but it was not the language he used. Mahama tweeted under a mocked-up photograph of Trump being shown a map of Africa in which all the countries were labelled "Nambia". 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. Trump questioned at a White House meeting Thursday why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and Africa than from places like Norway.
Durbin said "shitholes" was "the exact word used by the president not just once but repeatedly". On Monday, the department took that same action against immigrants from El Salvador, another country reportedly mentioned at an immigration meeting Thursday. "And whether you vote for me or you don't vote for me, I really want to be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion whether you vote for me or not".
The president's latest comments drew reactions from overseas on Friday.
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It gave the approximately 59,000 Haitian immigrants who had been granted the status until July 2019 to return home or legalise their presence in the United States.