Kinzinger joins other lawmakers in criticism of Trump comments

Haiti's ambassador to the United States Paul Altidor

Getty Images Haiti's ambassador to the United States Paul Altidor

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".

On Thursday, Trump was meeting lawmakers to discuss a proposal for an immigration plan when he reportedly grew agitated as the conversation turned to citizens of Haiti and El Salvador, and immigrants from the African continent.

He pointed to Trump's 2015 comments on Mexican immigrants, who Trump said are "rapists" and bringing drugs and crimes to the U.S. Trump tweeted Friday morning: "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". Mahama's tweet used an altered image of an Oval Office meeting featuring Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to mock that mistake.

He also took issue with Trumps reported suggestion that the United States should welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose population is overwhelmingly white, instead of from African countries and Haiti.

The reports prompted outrage and accusations of racism from people in the USA and the rest of the world.

He said the president repeatedly used the word "sh**hole" when speaking about African countries.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin insists he heard the president's comments, saying reports of what he said were accurate.

"If you tell me that we come from "s-thole" countries, when we come over here and open businesses and employ Americans", Maina said in frustration Friday.

"The USA we know is one that was built with blood and sweat of African slaves and immigrants from all over". "He said these hate-filled things".

Q. "If [President Trump] did in fact say what's being alleged, how would that stack up against... incendiary comments that other presidents have made?" "I want to see the tape".

Haiti said it was shocked by the reported remarks and summoned the top U.S. diplomat in the country, asking for an apology if the term had been used. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!", the President tweeted.

"Mr. President, are you a racist?" she asked. I will not be diverted from all possible efforts to continue negotiating to stop the deportations. "So, it's not just President Trump who doesn't understand that", added Young.

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