Trump Denies Using Vulgar Slur; Top Democrat Says He Said It

Trump Denies Using Vulgar Slur; Top Democrat Says He Said It

Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) confirmed President Trump's use of "vile" language at a White House meeting on immigration January 11, saying that the president used it repeatedly and called African nations "shitholes".

Interestingly, this comes after he reportedly referred to the immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as "s--holes", in an immigration meeting at the White House earlier.

He said on Twitter on Friday that his language during the meeting was "tough" but insisted: "This was not the language used". Trump used profane language Thursday, Jan. 11, as he questioned why the US should permit immigrants from certain countries, according to three people briefed on the conversation.

He added: "When the question was asked about Haitians ... he said, 'Haitians?"

More than 150 years after the abolition of slavery and more than 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, President Donald Trump's incendiary comments about immigrants have ripped open a jarring debate in the United States and around the world: Is the American president racist?

Trump's comments added uncertainty to already contentious talks about legislation to shield hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation and boost border security measures.

The White House did not deny his remark but issued a statement saying Mr Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society".

His comments, which has been slammed by Democratic lawmakers, was first reported by The Washington Post.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" the news outlets reported Trump as saying.

"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country", Trump tweeted. "I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs".

In the meeting, Trump criticized the tentative bipartisan agreement drafted by Durbin, Arizona Republican Jeff Flake and four other senators.

"Language like that shouldn't be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn't be heard in the White House", said Congresswoman Ilena Ros-Lehtinen.

The alleged remarks were said to have also been made in reference to Haiti and El Salvador. Previous presidential physicals also mostly excluded mental acuity readings, at least any that were disclosed to the public. "Ours is not a shithole country". And what the president and many of his supporters fail to grasp is that ours is the most dynamic country on Earth precisely because of the courageous, entrepreneurial, risk-taking, ambitious people we attract.

President Trump has since rejected the claims against him in a series of tweets but White House communicators have however failed to categorically deny that he made those comments. Trump didn't answer this or any other question shouted by reporters about his remarks.

"Racism is just a word that is being bandied about and the president unjustly", she said.

Some members of Trump's party as insensitive, and many Democrats simply called them "racist".

Mia Love, a Utah congresswoman of Haitian descent, called them "unkind" and "divisive" while South Carolina's Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator, said if Trump really did use those words, it would be "disappointing".

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