Haitian government summons United States official to explain Trump's comment

Casey Dawson
January 15, 2018

He and Republican Sen.

Their statement, however, isn't an outright denial that Trump uttered the phrase - which news organizations have run unfiltered in print, on television and on the radio.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., similarly said, "The words used by the president, as related to me directly following the meeting by those in attendance, were not 'tough, ' they were abhorrent and repulsive". Graham on Friday in pushing back against Mr. Trump's comments.

Perdue had previously issued a joint statement with Sen. The senator said the president said "hate-filled things" and "he said them repeatedly".

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the President shouldn't be characterized that way, but acknowledged the comments weren't constructive. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois. "Ask anyone whos dealt with both", Ben Marter tweeted Sunday.

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The Washington Post, citing people brief on the meeting, reported last week that Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as s--thole countries, setting of a political firestorm.

Cotton said, "Sen. Durbin has misrepresented what happened in White House meetings before". Dick Durbin and Republican Sen. "And I'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation". Cotton said Sunday on CBS "Face the Nation" that he "didnt hear" the vulgar word used. The lawmakers were in the Oval Office discussing changes to the visa lottery system and immigration as a whole, and when talk turned to immigrants from Africa, Trump asked why they would want people from "all these shithole countries" coming to the United States.

Reports that Trump used vulgar language to describe Haiti and African countries, while opining that the US does not accept more immigrants from countries like Norway, during an immigration meeting on Thursday elicited widespread condemnation from both sides of the aisle. Previous year they introduced legislation that would cut the number of green-card issuances in-half.

The allegation against Trump came as pro-immigration senators tried to pitch Trump on a deal to protect younger immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

The tentative deal unveiled Thursday would give legal status and a pathway to citizenship for dreamers while also providing $2.7 billion for border security - some of which could be used to construct the border wall Trump has proposed.

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