US Lawmakers Take To Twitter, Condemn Trump's 'S-Hole Countries' Comment

Here's What Trump Had to Say About His 'Sh*thole Countries' Comment

Diversity has always been our strength, not our weakness.

Her reference is to what Trump said allegedly during a White House meeting Thursday with a bipartisan group of lawmakers negotiating renewal of Temporary Protection Status for Haitians, Salvadorans and other immigrants as part of a broader immigration reform package.

USA diplomats serving in Haiti and African countries have been briefed to convey Washington's respect if they are summoned to explain President Donald Trump's alleged insults.

Another source familiar with the meeting said Trump was questioning why the United States should take in unskilled labourers from the countries under discussion and should instead welcome immigrants from nations that can offer skilled workers.

But Sen. Dick Durbin, the only Democrat in the room, disputed the president's account.

"Shithole was the exact word used once not twice but repeatedly", Mr Durbin was quoted to have said.

"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", said Sen.

'I appreciate Senator Durbin's statements and have enjoyed working with him and many others on this important issue.

Unfortunately for Cotton and Purdue, Republican Lindsey Graham of SC was also there, and he told his fellow senator from that state, Tim Scott, that the reported comments are "basically accurate".

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Durbin also said during the meeting, he confronted the president about his use of the phrase "chain migration", which is a derogatory phrase describing the process by which legal immigrants bring extended family members into the U.S.

Trump also reportedly said: 'Why do we need more Haitians?

"If any country asks our charge or our ambassador to come over, they will".

President Trump has since responded to the "sh*thole" drama and denied dissing Haiti.

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday called President Donald Trump's comments on immigration "unhelpful", in his first public reaction to news that Trump referred to African nations as "shithole" countries.

After the president spoke, Carson and Farris took turns at the podium and Trump signed the proclamation.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during a briefing that no deal had been reached yet.

Mia Love of Utah, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, said President Donald Trump's aleged comments questioning why Haitian, Salvadoran and African immigrants from "s***hole" countries should be protected in immigration legislation are "unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation's values". The White House did not deny them. "They don't usually turn on the TV and hear 's***hole.' On the other hand, I think some viewers appreciate we are not censoring it or dancing around it". "But what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers".

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