Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue, who’ve been close allies to the president on the issue of immigration, were in a White House meeting with him Thursday when Trump, according to sources, expressed frustration with people coming to the USA from “sh-hole countries”.
Friday, US Senator David Perdue (R-GA) said that he honestly did not remember the reported words “s***hole countries” that an aggressive Dem Senator claimed were used by President Donald Trump to describe problem countries in a WH meeting Thursday on immigration reform.
Near the end of a year ago, the White House denied that Trump said Haitians had aids and that Nigerians would never “go back to their huts” in Africa during another immigration briefing.
Mr Trump is the oldest ever person to be elected for a first term as president, though Ronald Reagan was the oldest ever in office at age 77 by the end of his second term.
The government in Botswana has described the language as “reprehensible and racist”, demanding a clarification from the United States ambassador.
It said the African Union, through the Member States, values the strategic partnership with the US.
The ambassadors did not consult their governments before issuing the resolution, he said, adding that some could now expect to receive phone calls from their capitals because of the text’s strong tone. In a very strongly-worded statement following the alleged comments, the UN’s spokesman on human rights told reporters: “There is no other word one can use but racist”.
“Haitians fought along United States soldiers in the Revolutionary War, and we continue to be great contributors to American society”, Altidor added.
The announcement comes after the Haitian government also reacted with outrage. He and Graham explained that their proposal would alter the diversity visa lottery to give legal protections to some immigrants here with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Republican Senator Lindsay Graham of SC, also present at the gathering, said he confronted the president over his racy comments. “Never said ‘take them out'”.
The denial followed a backlash from African leaders, American politicians from both the ruling Republican party and the Democratic party and Africans who used social media to mock Trump with positive images of their “shithole countries”.
The White House did not deny the president’s reported remarks.
Trump’s remarks were remarkable even by the standards of a president who has been accused of racism by his foes and who has routinely smashed through public decorum that his modern predecessors have generally embraced. I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level.
The lawmakers had hoped Trump would back their accord, an agreement among six senators evenly split among Republicans and Democrats, ending a monthslong, bitter dispute over protecting the “dreamers”.