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Trump Denies Insulting Term at White House Meeting

14 January 2018, 06:53 | Devin Moran

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After not specifically denying that he used the word to describe African nations and possibly Haiti, then somewhat denying it in a Friday tweet by calling it "not the language used", President Trump is now getting the backing of two GOP senators who say they "don't recall" him "specifically" using the term to describe these, er, paradises on earth during their Thursday meeting.

Their strongly-worded message follows an emergency meeting after the United States president used vulgar language to reject an immigration bill, asking why the U.S. would take in more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa.

The president's thoughts on immigration sprawled through several Twitter posts on Friday morning before he tweeted his denials about some of the language he used at the DACA meeting.

Trump and the lawmakers had been discussing a visa lottery program that annually allows as many as 50,000 citizens from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the USA to reside in the USA legally, as well as programs that temporarily protect certain immigrants from deportation that the White House is ending.

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 United States president indeed referred to the countries in question as "s***holes" multiple times during the gathering.

The president was referring to African countries and Haiti, and then suggested the United States should welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose prime minister met with Trump on Wednesday.

Congressman Eliot Engel, who is a ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said in a phone call he had with Haiti U.S. Ambassador Paul Altidor that Trump's words are damaging for worldwide relations. He went on to criticize the immigration deal, saying: "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!"

"Today we celebrate Dr. King for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear, that no matter what the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God", said Trump at the event.

The Government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump, must use this descriptor and derogatory word, when talking about countries with whom the U.S. has had cordial and mutually beneficial bilateral relations for so many years.

Trump's comments were immediately denounced as racist and xenophobic at home and overseas, by the United Nations human rights office and politicians from the countries named. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who - without relating the exact details of the President's remarks - said they were not proper. "We need to respect and welcome all - no exceptions", Walsh tweeted.

Earlier in the day, the Office of UN Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said the USA president's reported remarks that immigrants were coming from "shithole countries" were racist.

Ben Marter, a spokesman for Durbin, did not provide details of the conversation but said the senator was "encouraged" by Trump's reaction. The president was discussing immigration reforms and reportedly expressed disdain about having to take some populations.

In 2009 Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, chose Ghana's capital Accra to set out his foreign policy goals for Africa in a speech in which he said he saw Africa "as a fundamental part of our interconnected world". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

"The USA we know is one that was built with blood and sweat of African slaves and immigrants from all over".

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