Donald Trump denies 'hate-filled' immigration comments

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

"People briefed on the Oval Office conversation on immigration reform Thursday said Trump questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and what he called 'shithole countries" in Africa.

Trump is being quoted as saying, "Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?" then suggesting the USA should take in more people from countries like Norway.

Djenane Gourgue, of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, says she is not letting Trump's remarks affect her anymore, adding "his actions can probably hurt more".

Trump said Friday on Twitter "this was not the language used" after reports of the commens made in the meeting sparked a political backlash inside and outside the United States. Trump demanded. "Take them out". During a 2016 campaign event in Miami, he said "the Haitian people deserve better" and told the audience of Haitian-Americans he wanted to "be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion".

Still Friday, state Sen.

"To no surprise, the president started tweeting this morning denying that he used those words".

"What do we want Haitians here for?" the president asked, according to the people briefed.

"Haitians don't deserve such treatment", Altidor said. This particular commentary is undoubtedly the mildest of the many we've featured.

Then Trump began talking about immigration from Africa.

At first, he admitted he had used "tough" language, yet simultaneously denied using the exact words the media was reporting on.

A Republican strategist who serves as an outside adviser to the White House also waved off the whole controversy - and embraced the substance of the president's argument about immigration to the U.S.

Announcing his candidacy for president at Trump Tower in June 2015, Trump made derogatory statements about immigrants from Mexico.

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"I said to [Trump] that that term, 'chain migration, ' was so hurtful to so many people, particularly to African-Americans, who remind us that they migrated to America in chains".

He reportedly expressed a preference for immigrants from countries like Norway.

Graham released his own statement, not directly addressing whether Trump made the remarks, but touting diversity as a national strength and saying he appreciates "Senator Durbin's statements".

In November, the Trump administration announced it was ending the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that has allowed 59,000 Haitians to legally work in the United States since 2010 when an natural disaster killed an estimated 300,000 people, leaving millions homeless.

Maryland lawmakers were quick to denounce the president's comments on Twitter. Sen.

Meanwhile, Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, told reporters on Capitol Hill that negotiators still had a "ways to go".

"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday, the South Carolina Republican said". Initial bargaining has also occurred among a separate group of four leaders - the second-ranking Republican and Democrat from both the House and Senate, a group to which both Cornyn and Durbin belong.

Long Island Congresswoman Kathleen Rice tweeted "racist".

The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the president's tweet.

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"If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States".

There has been no comment from local Republicans, WCBS 880's Marla Diamond reported.

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