Trump Defends Self After Comments, Says: 'I Am Not A Racist'

Trump Defends Self After Comments, Says: 'I Am Not A Racist'

Mr. Trump singled out Haiti, El Salvador and parts of Africa as "shithole countries" during a meeting with US lawmakers about immigration Thursday, according to the Washington Post.

Nearly 24 hours after reports that President Donald Trump disparaged immigrants from "shithole countries", Sen.

"Sh**hole? Thought they said he was so impressed with us just last September?" "I think it fundamentally poisons the relationship with numerous countries".

"He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly", Durbin told reporters on Friday.

Trump seemed to deny making the remark, but multiple senators from both parties that were in the meeting either confirmed or did not dispute it. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga., said: In regards to Sen.

President Trump past year ended DACA, which provided young immigrants with protection from deportation along with the ability to work legally in the U.S. He gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative fix.

Trump said he is "ready and willing to make a deal" on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but he doesn't believe Democrats want to reach an agreement.

The tentative deal also addresses border security, including a border wall, the diversity visa lottery and chain migration, in which USA green-card holders can sponsor other family members for permanent residence in the country.

"Africans and Haitians come from "shithole" countries?"

'We need comprehensive immigration reform that reflects our values as a country and recognizes our economic needs.

The US leader made the alleged remark in a Thursday meeting on immigration.

Trump said he was only expressing what many people think, but will not say, about immigrants from economically depressed countries, according to a source who spoke to the president as the controversy unfolded.

The president reportedly demanded to know why the USA should accept immigrants from "s***hole countries" rather than - for instance - wealthy and overwhelmingly white Norway.

Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of IL on Friday said Trump had indeed made the comments about 's***hole countries'.

"But this was not the language I used", he added, apparently referencing the report of him saying "s--hole".

Republican leaders were largely silent, though House Speaker Paul Ryan said the vulgar language was "very unfortunate, unhelpful".

In his statement Friday, Graham indicated he would continue to focus on the work at hand, even as he is likely to be hounded for further comments on the incident. His fellow South Carolina GOP Senator, Tim Scott, has called the comments "incredibly disappointing".

"Chain migration" as a term is offensive, Durbin said he told the president.

Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said in a joint statement Friday that they were "deeply disturbed and offended" by the language. "He said, 'Oh, that's a good line'". "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" "Neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", she said. The government of Botswana issued a statement Friday, condemning the remarks, calling them "irresponsible, reprehensible and racist", and urging other nations to take a stand against Trump's remarks. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" The White House meeting on immigration included a bipartisan group of senators.