Haitian-American, Md. Lawmakers React To President's Comments On Immigrants

President Trump speaks to the media as he meets with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the Oval Office on Jan. 10

President Trump speaks to the media as he meets with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the Oval Office on Jan. 10

At their Oval Office meeting, two sources said, Trump questioned the value of taking immigrants from Haiti and African nations, and referred to them as "shithole countries".

But Republican Del. Pat McDonough tells WJZ Trump isn't the only president to use rough language in the White House, and he supports the president on immigration. Instead, the deputy press secretary issued a statement arguing, "Trump will always fight for the American people".

She said that while the president and critics may argue over what was said in the DACA meeting, many in the immigrant community will remember the initial vulgar quote that was reported. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!"

This is a developing story. It was best said a long time ago, E Pluribus Unum - Out of Many, One.

The Washington Post reported that he singled out Haitians, asking: "Why do we need more Haitians?"

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

Republican lawmakers who were in the Thursday meeting generally sidestepped questions about precisely what Trump said.

The president's tacky and racist remarks came in response to a senator's request for Trump to reinstate the temporary protected status for Haitians and Salvadorans.

His comments drew a chorus of condemnation inside the United States and internationally, especially in Africa.

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo called Mr. Trump's remark "extremely unfortunate" and said that "we will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful".

President George W. Bush received a physical every year during his time in office, ABC wrote, while President Barack Obama had four examinations over his eight years in the White House.

But despite his public denial, Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat, said Trump did indeed describe African nations as a "shithole", which Durbin said was "vile, hate-filled and clearly racial in their content".

Nonetheless, Mr Trump vigorously defended his stance on immigration, insisting that he wanted a merit-based system of immigration.

In their statement, the African ambassadors said they were concerned "about the continuing and growing trend from the United States administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of color". It'll become great when the country welcomes people seeking economic stability and a chance at the American dream, and families fleeing violence seeking a new, safe home simply because it's the right thing to do.

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