Trump on Blast, Quoted as Resistant to Immigrants From 'Sh-thole Countries'

U.S. President Donald Trump

The pact also includes restrictions on immigrants' abilities to bring relatives to the USA and termination of a visa lottery system that has helped gain entry for people from African and other diverse countries.

Kenyan activist and politician Boniface Mwangi said "how America elected a narcissist, racist, white supremacist to be their president defies logic". And, former Mexican President Vincente Fox also had some choice words for Trump on Twitter.

During immigration talks in the Oval Office, President Trump reportedly grew frustrated, using a crude description of Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, according to a report from the Washington Post.

Notably, the White House was quick to deny a New York Times story from December that reported Trump had said Haitians "all have AIDS". "He will always reject temporary, weak and unsafe stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway".

Republican Mia Love, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, said Mr Trump's comments were "unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation's values".

Following the alleged comments, the White House issued a statement defending the president's stance on immigration.

"Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and United States of America would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly", Trump tweeted.

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The president reportedly made the shocking statements during a closed-door meeting with Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on January 11.

"Some, I assume, are good people", he conceded, during his 2016 campaign.

Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democratic lawmaker, tweeted: "I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the Presidency".

A statement released by the government in Botswana has moved to ridicule the comments, calling them "highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist".

A White House spokesman declined to comment.

"We would not deign to make comments as derogatory as that about any country that has any kind of socioeconomic or other difficulties".

During a bipartisan meeting on immigration reform Thursday President Donald Trump fumed about how the USA takes immigrants from "shithole" countries. Tom Cotton, R-Ark; and Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, were also there. IL state Sen. Kwame Raoul, whose Haitian parents immigrated to the U.S. in the 1950s, said: "I don't think there's any apologizing out of this".




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