President Donald Trump denied on Friday that he had insulted Haitians amid an uproar about his reported description of African nations as “sh**hole countries”during a meeting on immigration with lawmakers.
“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” Trump tweeted. “What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made — a big setback for DACA!”
On Thursday, Trump used vulgar language during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House, a Democratic aide briefed on the meeting told NBC News Thursday.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who was present at the meeting and spoke to reporters Friday, confirmed the president’s remarks and said that the media reports were accurate. In recounting the meeting, Durbin suggested that Trump’s “sh**holes” slur was aimed at African nations.
Two sources and Durbin said that when the discussion turned to Haiti, Trump questioned why Haitians should be given specific consideration.
“Why do we need more Haitians, take them out,” he said, according to sources.
The White House issued a statement Thursday that did not deny the remarks. But Trump tweeted Friday that he never said “anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country.”
“Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings — unfortunately, no trust!” he added.
Trump did not specifically address whether he had said “sh**hole.”
Durbin recalled that Trump asked why America needed more Haitian immigrants.
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SOURCE: NBC News