Maryland lawmakers, Mayor Pugh condemn Trump's comments on immigrants

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Haiti also said it is "deeply shocked and outraged" by the comments on immigration, on the eighth anniversary of a devastating quake that killed about 220,000 people.

Ben Cardin said Trump's "comments do not represent America's values". MAGA types were out in force on social media Friday noting that words like "Haitian" or "Salvadoran" describe a nationality, not a race, and therefore any derogatory statements Trump had made toward them couldn't be inherently racist.

On Friday morning, Trump tweeted that he used "tough" language at the meeting, but not the reported vulgarity.

Jeffress says Trump has a constitutional responsibility as commander in chief to protect the U.S. He said these hate-filled things.

Conservatives expressed concern more about the weapon Trump had given to his opponents than it what he said. "But you know what I thought of right away?"

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", Shad said.

"For the first representative of the United States of America to speak in such a manner is quite troubling and offensive", Jean said in the statement.

"What do we want Haitians here for?" the president asked, according to the people briefed. The president put many of them at risk of losing their protection from deportation when he ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

It's unclear now how a deal might emerge, and failure could lead to a government shutdown.

"I think it was stupid and irresponsible and childish", said Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho. "I can see we have an ignorant president".

There were also questions about which lawmakers were in position to conduct meaningful talks. The White House has not denied the language, nor have the several Republican lawmakers in the meeting.

"They were the pioneers really - the first to do that", says Michael Clemens, an economist at the Center for Global Development, a D.C. thinktank, who specializes on the role of migration in reducing poverty.

Graham has not said whether Durbin's comments were accurate. We're going to prepare our bipartisan agreement for introduction into the Senate next week. He said he wants to call the bill to the floor of the Senate early next week. But some Democrats have threatened to withhold support unless an immigration pact is forged.

"President Trump, One day, I'll take you to a "shithole" country called Ghana", wrote Ghanaian Edmond Prime Sarpong on Facebook. "They reinforce abhorrent racist attitudes, and evidence of the lack of knowledge, understanding, and empathy we expect of the person who occupies the highest office in the land".

There is not much more to say than what the president said himself. "USA deeply respects the people of #Africa & values its partnerships with them".

"I know, because I'm living it", Love told reporters at Salt Lake City International Airport Thursday evening after touching down in Utah.

Miami's Haitian-American community leaders planned to spend Friday remembering the hundreds of thousands of lives lost in the horrific 2010 quake on the island.

President Donald Trump's reportedly labelled African nations and Haiti at a bipartisan immigration meeting as "s**thole" while asking for more immigration from places like Norway. "Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems".

Haitians all have AIDS, Nigerians won't go back to their huts; Mexicans are rapists - all things he's said. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!

The tweet from Clinton, who fought bitterly with Trump in the 2016 presidential race, came a day after reports surfaced that Trump demanded to know why the USA admits so many immigrants from "shithole countries", like Haiti, El Salvador and several in Africa. Tom Cotton (Ark.) and David Perdue (Ga.), who released a joint statement saying, "We do not recall the President saying these comments specifically".

The president met on Thursday with Senators Lindsey Graham, Republican of SC, and Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of IL.

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