Trump in 'excellent health': WH on 1st medical examination of President

Trump in 'excellent health': WH on 1st medical examination of President

According to reports from The Washington Post, Trump allegedly referred to El Salvador and Haiti as "s***hole countries" during a heated meeting at the White House on Thursday. But Sen. Richard J. Durbin, a Democrat from IL who attended the meeting, said publicly Friday that Trump's apparent denial was false and that he repeatedly used the phrase.

Botswana's government called Trump's comment "reprehensible and racist, " while Senegal's President Macky Sall said he was shocked. "But deservedly so. This is what happens if presidents say things that cross a line and go too far".

On Friday, Trump denied using the word "s***hole" to describe Haiti and African countries during the previous day's meeting on immigration reform, but admitted to using "tough" language while speaking to Senate lawmakers.

On Friday, Mr Trump tweeted that his language he used at the private meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration legislation had been "tough". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!", the President tweeted. "We ask him to clarify why citizens of one country are "more desirable" than those of another and why the USA does 'not need more Haitians". "Do we need more Haitians?"

Mr Trump was said to have told them that instead of granting temporary residency to citizens of countries hit by natural disasters, war or epidemics, the U.S. should instead be taking in migrants from countries like Norway.

The president also asked why the United States would allow more immigrants from Haiti and Africa rather than countries like Norway. ". Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation".

The US president's remarks, said to have been directed at African nations plus Haiti and El Salvador, were condemned by the United Nations human rights office and labelled "divisive" by members of his own Republican Party.

But nearly immediately a senator who attended the meeting at which Mr Trump was alleged to have used the description said it was "the exact word used by the president - not just once but repeatedly". She said "It's incomprehensible that these words came out of the mouth of the president of the United States of America, a country that was founded on being free from discrimination and treating people fairly and having people come here, the land of the free".

Haitians weren't the only people offended by the president's comments.

"We respectfully decline the opportunity", one government official said when contacted by Reuters.

The organization said in a statement: "There is a huge misunderstanding of the African continent and its people by the current Administration".

"I have seen the comments in the press, I have not read one of them that's inaccurate", Durbin told reporters in Chicago. But two immigration hard-liners, Republican Sens. "America deserves better, and when I'm governor, I'll protect immigrant families and make IL a welcoming state for all".

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