"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.
The questions came Friday in the White House when Trump signed a proclamation honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
Senator Perdue was among 3 Republicans in the bipartisan meeting with at the White House with President Trump and 3 Democrats to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and other immigration issues.
Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz also took to Twitter, stating that his country welcomes immigrants who are attempting to improve their lives and who would be a contribution to any Latin American society. Two GOP senators present at the meeting later said in a joint statement that they "do not recall the president saying these comments specifically", after Sen.
"I don't want to sugar coat this", Kennedy said.
In a series of tweets Friday, Trump said he used "tough" language but that he "never said anything derogatory" about Haitians. "It is not true".
Haiti's Ambassador to the U.S. Paul G. Altidor has formally requested that the Trump administration explain the comments, saying the remarks, made one day before the eighth anniversary of the 2010 natural disaster in Haiti that killed more than 200,000 people, is based on "cliches and stereotypes rather than actual fact".
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Rescue officials said numerous missing may simply have been unreachable by family and friends who reported they could not find them.
CNN correspondents Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon held Trump to task for his comment Thursday evening. According to the Guardian, he told local Chicago press that Trump "said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist". "We believe the first thing we need to do is fix the legal immigration system".
"This is encouraging and refreshing, as it indicates Trump is more or less on the same page as us with regards to race and immigration", the site said. The president asked why the USA would want all those people from Haiti.
"We had a meeting", Graham said from Capitol Hill, "and I will tell you that I'm hopeful".
"We knew this at the inception of this administration and that was the lowest point in the history of our country to date", Cleveland said. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" he said in one of the tweets.
"This is particularly surprising as the United States of America remains a global example of how migration gave birth to a nation built on strong values of diversity and opportunity". "For him to confront the president as he did, literally sitting next to him, took extraordinary political courage and I respect him for it".
In his statement Friday, Graham, who challenged Trump when he made the "shithole" comment, encouraged lawmakers to look past the incident and come to a solution.
"Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians. he said, 'Haitians?"