WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday offered a vague denial about the language he chose to use about immigrants for the duration of a private meeting with lawmakers at the White Home on Thursday, when he reportedly referred to African nations as “shithole countries.”
But Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, said on Friday that the president did use the term “shithole” throughout the course of the meeting on immigration — which Mr. Durbin attended. The senator described Mr. Trump as saying “things which have been hate-filled, vile and racist.”
In a Twitter post on Friday, just hours just before the president signed a proclamation to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is Monday, Mr. Trump appeared to parse the language he used when he spoke about immigrants from diverse regions of the planet.
The president wrote that he by no means said of Haitians, “take them out.”
The Twitter post was his second about news accounts of a private meeting on Thursday at the White House. The president denied some elements of reports on his language — but he did not comment on his reported use of the certain word “shithole” to describe African nations.
“It’s not correct,” Mr. Durbin said of Mr. Trump’s denial. “He said these hate-filled things and he stated them repeatedly.”
Mr. Trump tweeted that his comments about Haitians have been fabricated by Democrats, and mentioned he “probably need to record future meetings — sadly, no trust!”
In a discussion about immigration from African nations, Mr. Trump asked why he would want “all these people from shithole nations,” according to men and women with direct expertise of the conversation. Mr. Trump also said the United States ought to admit much more individuals from places like Norway, an overwhelmingly white country.
“Why do we require more Haitians?” Mr. Trump stated, according to a number of news accounts, including The Washington Post. “Take them out.”
The White Residence has not denied his use of racially charged rhetoric.
“I can’t think that, in the history of the White Property in that Oval Workplace, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday,” Mr. Durbin stated on Friday.
At an event in Wisconsin on Friday, Speaker Paul D. Ryan described Mr. Trump’s comments as “very unfortunate” and “unhelpful.” Mr. Ryan went on to recall his personal relatives immigrating to the United States from Ireland.
Right after Mr. Trump signed the proclamation for Martin Luther King Jr. Day later on Friday morning, the president ignored a question from a reporter about whether or not he is a racist.
In an earlier tweet on Friday, Mr. Trump said, “The language utilized by me at the DACA meeting was challenging, but this was not the language utilized.” His tweet did not elaborate on what “tough” language he utilized and did not provide a particular account of the meeting.
The president’s Twitter posts on Friday morning referred to the meeting with lawmakers a day earlier about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, the Obama-era work that provided short-term perform permits and reprieves from deportation to immigrants brought to the United States as children by their parents.
Mr. Trump’s reported remarks are the most recent example of the president’s use of raciallytinged language about immigrants. In a private meeting in June of last year, Mr. Trump mentioned immigrants from Haiti “all have AIDS.”
The president’s very first Twitter post Friday morning did not address the language he employed, but as an alternative called the immigration deal that would shield undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as youngsters “a huge step backwards.”
Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican from Florida, criticized Mr. Trump’s comments about Haitians.
“Language like that shouldn’t be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn’t be heard in the White Home,” Ms. Ros-Lehtinen stated in a Twitter post.
The president’s thoughts on immigration sprawled through many Twitter posts on Friday morning ahead of he tweeted his denials about some of the language he utilized at the DACA meeting.
The president met on Thursday with Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, and Mr. Durbin. The senators are operating to codify the protections in DACA.
Published at Fri, 12 Jan 2018 19:03:01 +0000