Watch Reporter April Ryan Ask Trump If He's a Racist

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

The Washington Post, the newspaper that first reported Trump's "shithole" remarks ran a rather conservative headline.

"Yesterday Senator Durbin and I met with President Trump at the White House to discuss our bipartisan proposal on border security and immigration".

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Davis Ryan Jr described Trump's comment was "very unfortunate, unhelpful", adding that it reminded him of how his family - which came from Ireland - were once "looked down upon". The President did not answer.

Earlier in the day, the Office of UN Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said the United States president's reported remarks that immigrants were coming from "shithole countries" were racist. Trump asked senators. "Why do we need more Haitians?".

Haiti expressed its outrage Friday at reports that President Trump referred to it as a "shithole" - and summoned the top USA diplomat in the Caribbean nation for an explanation.

"S...hole was the exact word used once not twice but repeatedly", Durbin said.

"I work every day to make this the most welcoming state for everyone -- Haitians, Cubans, Venezuelans, and others from all around the world that call Florida home". "Probably should record future meetings". "If those countries aren't as you described, Democrats should be happy to deport criminal aliens back to them".

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"If someone should be ashamed it should be Trump", said Michel Aubry, 38, who lost his left foot when his house collapsed during the 2010 quake. "You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "s...holes", whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome", United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said.

Trump denied in a Twitter post this morning that he used the language attributed to him, but said the language he used in the meeting "was tough". "I have not read one of them that is inaccurate", Durbin said during a Friday news conference.

The alleged comments came during a DACA meeting on Thursday. Sen.

Vice President Joe Biden too felt compelled to challenge President Trump for his racist rhetoric saying 'We're better than this'.

In Geneva, UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said "These are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States".

Among the senators who attended the meeting, two of them, Republicans Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, said they "don't recall" Trump's reported remarks "specifically".

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