According to those briefed on the conversation, the president used the phrase * a href="http://abc7chicago.com/politics/trump-why-allow-immigrants-from-s***hole-countries/2930875/" *"s***hole countries" while questioning why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and nations in Africa, rather than places like Norway.
However, his advisers notably did not dispute the most controversial of his reported remarks: using the word "s**thole" to describe African nations, and saying he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead. The statement also noted that the president wanted immigrants who "contribute" and can "assimilate".
Despite Trump's denial, one of the sponsors of the DACA deal who was present at the meeting, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), insisted the USA president indeed referred to the countries in question as "s***holes" multiple times during the gathering.
"The so-called bipartisan Daca deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards", he said referring to the deferred action on childhood arrivals Bill that aims to give protection to "dreamers", undocumented immigrants who arrived to the United States as children. Dick Durbin, who was at the White House meeting, said Friday that the President "said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly".
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She adds that "we believe that a statement like this hurts our shared global values on diversity, human rights and reciprocal understanding". He's said to have questioned why the United States would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s--hole countries" in Africa. We are certainly not a "shithole country".
The alleged remarks were said to have also been made in reference to Haiti and El Salvador.
Trump didn't answer this or any other question shouted by reporters about his remarks.
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In their statement, the African ambassadors said they were concerned "about the continuing and growing trend from the U.S. administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of color". Trump denies using the word "shithole" including towards Haiti, which is marking the eighth anniversary of a devastating quake.
But Democratic Senator Dick Durbin who was reportedly at the meeting said the U.S. president used "shitholes" in the context of African countries.
In a tweet Friday morning, Trump suggested that he did not use the insulting term.
His comments drew a chorus of condemnation inside the United States and internationally, especially in Africa.
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Trump preceded that message with a tweet that simply said: "America First!" "America deserves better, and when I'm governor, I'll protect immigrant families and make IL a welcoming state for all". "American immigration policy can not and should not be guided in any way, shape or form by racism". "The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel".