Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) is "knocking down" President Trump's denial of his reported "s---hole countries remark," according to Geoff Bennett of NBC News.
President Trump tweeted Friday that he "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country."
He insisted he "Never said 'take them out,'" insisting that comment was "Made up by Dems."
Trump concluded the tweet by suggesting he "should record future meetings" because he thinks there is "unfortunately, no trust."
Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
The United Nations labeled President Trump's comments "racist" after he reportedly referred to some African states as "s---hole countries" during a meeting on immigration Thursday.
"I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist," U.N. high commissioner for human rights Rupert Colville said, according to The Independent.
Trump's comments were reportedly made while he questioning why the U.S. would take in more immigrants from Haiti and Africa.
Colville did not just have an issue with the vulgar language.
"It’s about opening the door to humanity’s worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia that will potentially disrupt and destroy lives of many people," he said.
Trump said in a series of tweets Friday that "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used." He said he wanted "safety and security for our people" and to avoid a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) deal that would involve the U.S. being "forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly."
The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards. Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and USA would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
....countries which are doing badly. I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level. I want safety and security for our people. I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs. I want to fund our military, not do a Dem defund....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
....Because of the Democrats not being interested in life and safety, DACA has now taken a big step backwards. The Dems will threaten “shutdown,” but what they are really doing is shutting down our military, at a time we need it most. Get smart, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
The White House also addressed Trump's reported comments in a statement, saying "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people."
"Like other countries that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation," the statement continued. "He will always reject temporary, weak and dangerous 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."
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and former Mexican President Vicente Fox were among the political figures critical of Trump's comment.
"I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the Presidency," Cummings tweeted. "I will always fight for the vulnerable among us and against bigotry in all its forms."
"Your mouth is the foulest s---hole in the world," Fox tweeted. "With what authority do you proclaim who’s welcome in America and who’s not. America’s greatness is built on diversity, or have you forgotten your immigrant background, Donald?"
Sen. Orrin Hatch's (R-UT) said he wanted "a more detailed explanation regarding the President’s comments." "Part of what makes America so special is that we welcome the best and brightest in the world, regardless of their country of origin," a tweet from his office quoted him as saying.
"US remains committed to working together w/Africans to realize the promise of a more peaceful, more productive, more prosperous 21st century Africa," U.S. government's Africa Media Hub tweeted. "US deeply respects the people of #Africa & values its partnerships with them."
Africa was not silent about Trump's comments. The African Union said Thursday it was "alarmed" by the remarks, and the South African government called the comments "extremely offensive."
But not all African countries were offended. A government spokesman for South Sudan said, "unless it was specificially said about South Sudan, we have nothing to say."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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