President Donald Trump, who stated he would sign what Congress sends him, flatly rejected the sole bipartisan effort to reach a resolution on the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA.
Trump stated a bipartisan Senate immigration plan would force the United States to admit people from “high crime” countries “doing badly,” and denied using a vulgar reference in comments decried as racist.
Reports of the president’s language referring to people of color from the other countries drew criticism from U.S. lawmakers of both major parties and critics abroad who said they could not be described as anything but racist.
President Donald Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as ““sh–hole countries” during a meeting where he rejected a bipartisan deal on the DACA.
President Trump Tweeted – 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!
Trump took victory lap after remark, according to one official, while CNN Anchor Alisyn Camerota choked up while discussing President Trump’s most recent comments about immigrants.
Anderson Cooper held back tears on CNN while addressing President Donald Trump’s “sh–hole countries” comment.
Trump denounced the deal reached by a group of six Republican and Democratic senators as too weak and insisted he did not use the word “sh–hole” to describe Haiti and African countries.
U.S. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who was at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday where Trump reportedly made the remarks, confirmed to reporters on Friday that Trump used “vile, vulgar” language, including ““sh–hole.”
A key negotiator in immigration talks, Durbin rebuked Trump on Friday morning for referring to African nations as ““sh–hole ” countries.
Amid the furor the president criticized the immigration proposal. “The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards,” Trump said in a series of tweets on Friday.
Late night hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah reacted to President Trump’s latest immigration comments as well, not helping to calm the choppy waters.
CNN anchor Don Lemon, who has been targeted by Trump on Twitter, continued to speak frankly about the president’s reported comments during his show, calling them “frankly disgusting” and noting that “they are not shocking, and not even really surprising — because this is who Donald Trump is.
The Senate group has been working for months to craft legislation that would protect 700,000 children who were brought to the United States as illegal immigrants and later given protection from deportation under a program known as DACA.
Several members of Congress strongly rebuked President Donald Trump’s reported comments Thursday criticizing immigrants coming to the United States.
The deal also addresses border security, including a border wall, the diversity visa lottery and chain migration.
Trump stated, “Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and USA would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly.”
The Republican president sought to walk back comments he reportedly made to senators on Thursday at the meeting, saying, “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.”
Trump had questioned why the United States would want to accept immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as “s***hole countries,” according to two sources familiar with the comments.
The reported language was the latest in a long string of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim comments by Trump that have been condemned as racist. He also blamed “both sides” after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent.
The president’s latest comments drew reactions from the world.
The United Nations human rights office said the “racist” remarks would incite xenophobia.
“These are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States. There is no other word one can use but ‘racist,’” U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert.
Trump’s comments are extremely offensive to South Africa, said Jessie Duarte, a senior official with the ruling African National Congress. “Ours is not a shithole country. Neither is Haiti or any other country in distress,” she said.
At the White House meeting Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham briefed the president on the newly drafted, bipartisan immigration bill.
The lawmakers were describing how certain immigration programs operate, including one to give safe haven in the United States to people from countries suffering from natural disasters or civil strife.