Trump on Thursday questioned why the USA would want to have immigrants from the countries during a meeting with lawmakers on Thursday, The Washington Post and NBC News reported. The president asked why the USA would want all those people from Haiti. A little later, when the group was discussing the visa lottery program, and African immigrants were mentioned, the president asked, why Africa?
He has since denied using the reported language. The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel.
Mr Durbin said he told Mr Trump the word "chain migration" - used by opponents of immigration to describe people sponsoring family members to join them in the United States - was "painful" for many African-Americans whose ancestors had arrived in the U.S. as slaves.
Durbin said "shitholes" was "the exact word used by the president not just once but repeatedly".
Trump says Friday: "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".
"For the president to make that type of statement, it's brutal".
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 U.S. president indeed referred to the countries in question as "s***holes" multiple times during the gathering.
In other words, we feel there is misinformation as to who we are as a community.
Haiti, which on Friday marked the eighth anniversary of the disastrous quake which claimed around 220,000 lives, also summoned the United States representative for an explanation.
United Nations officials and government ministers from the countries mentioned have condemned Trump, describing them as "racist". Trump questioned at a White House meeting Thursday why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and Africa than from places like Norway. "We contribute a lot to the country where I am right now".
"I don't believe the Democrats really want to see a deal on DACA".
Leanne Manas, a news anchor for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, tweeted Friday morning, "Good morning from the greatest most attractive "s-thole country" in the world!" The POTUS clearly made a distinction between white and non-white countries and admitted he preferred people hailing from the former. That's according to three people who were briefed on the conversation but weren't authorized to describe it publicly.
"And then he went on when we started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure".