Hillary Clinton accused President Trump of holding "ignorant, racist views" on Friday, after media reports surfaced that the president decried immigration from "shithole countries" like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations, The Hill reports.
The fact that he would so angrily disparage immigrants of color while wishing we had more immigrants from Norway or perhaps other places in Europe speaks for itself.
At first the White House did not deny that the remark was made.
When asked what Trump had said in the meeting, Durbin said, "I can not believe that in the history of the White House and of that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday".
Trump previously told Haitian-Americans: "I really want to be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion", while he was campaigning past year in Miami's Little Haiti. He wrote, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".
In a series of Friday morning tweets, Trump said he used tough language during Thursday's meeting, but he denied using vulgarities. Espaillat immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic, located next to Haiti on the island of Hispaniola.
"If that's not racism, I don't know how you can define it", U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., said.
"Language like that shouldn't be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn't be heard in the White House", Ms. Ros-Lehtinen said in a Twitter post.
It was her first time meeting the president, and when she was done briefing, he had a question for her, NBC News reported. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA is an Obama-era protection for those who arrived in the country illegally when they were children.
Asked about the remarks Thursday, White House spokesman Raj Shah said, "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people". "Turns out they're just like us", Cox said in a Tweet that included pictures of his son with a smiling family.
Jacquet is a Haitian immigrant reacting to words President Donald Trump used in referring to her home country in a derogatory manner. Trump said all of the immigrants who came to the United States from Haiti "all have AIDS", and those from Nigeria would never "go back to their huts" after seeing the United States, according to the Times. "There is no other word you can use but "racist".
What exactly did Trump say?
Why would people from Norway immigrate to the United States?
Haitians weren't the only people offended by the president's comments.
Trump did not respond to shouted questions about his comments as he signed a proclamation Friday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Rodney Charitable is a design engineer in the defense industry and a Haitian immigrant who said the portrayal of his country is offensive. "A lot of us already knew that", the news host said on air.