Sen. Durbin: Trump said hate-filled, racist things during Thursday's meeting

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

"Why do we want all these people from "s*#&hole countries" coming here?"

Trump said he did not say "anything derogatory" about Haitians and appeared to deny calling any countries "shitholes", as was reported, generating a worldwide backlash. Trump reportedly said. "Take them out".

"The Government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump must use this descriptor and derogatory word when talking about countries with whom the USA has had cordial and mutually beneficial relations for so many years", wrote the Botswana Ministry of International Affairs in a statement.

At a public event in Milwaukee, when asked about the meeting, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said that Trump had made "very unfortunate, unhelpful" remarks.

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".

"I can not believe that in the history of the Oval Office any president has spoken the words that I have personally heard the President speak yesterday", said Durbin, clearly appalled. "It is not true", Durbin said. The president, according to Durbin, "said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist".

Her comment comes at the end of a long day for the President, who has been nearly universally lambasted for his vulgar language and his distinctly unpresidential conduct. Do we need more Haitians?' "The exact word used by the president, not just once, but repeatedly".

CNN's Jake Tapper was told by a source familiar with the meeting that Trump did not refer to Haiti as a "s**thole" country, though he did say that about African countries.

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The White House did not deny Trump made the "shithole" comment. Susan Collins. "The president should not denigrate other countries". "He will always reject temporary, weak and risky 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". Trump said, people briefed on the meeting told The Washington Post.

"I am honored to represent a diverse tapestry of immigrant communities - from El Salvador to Ethiopia, my constituents came from all over the world to pursue the American dream", the Aurora Republican said in a statement.

One of the harshest critics was Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah, the first Haitian-American elected to Congress.

Local Democrats have also reacted.

"He stirred the hearts of our people to recognize the dignity written in every human soul", Trump read from a prepared statement before signing an official declaration making January 15 a federal holiday.

New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell wrote, "Once again, @POTUS has made a fool of himself & our nation on a worldwide stage".

Sen. Cory Booker tweeted: "Let me be clear". And when I mentioned that fact to him, he said, "Haitians?"

While Kalondo said the comments were "clearly" racist, she didn't believe they indicated a shift in the USA stance towards Africa. "The reported comments are not helpful".

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