Tuesday, 16 January, 2018

Republican senators claim to have not heard Trump's 'shithole' countries remark

Flags of African Union members flying at a 2010 summit in Uganda Republican senators claim to have not heard Trump's 'shithole' countries remark
Lora Ball | 13 January, 2018, 04:54

Although a White House spokesperson on Thursday did not deny that he used the word "shithole", Trump insisted that was "not the language used" in a confusing Twitter rant on Friday. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made".

Additional reports also suggest Trump made the racist remarks and tried to limit the damage.

Trump's reported affront on Thursday during a White House meeting with lawmakers adds to his history of badmouthing Haiti, which was struck by a 7.0 magnitude natural disaster on January 12, 2010.

In a second morning tweet, Trump specifically denied he ever said "anything derogatory" about the people of Haiti.

The president, speaking at the White House before 23 members of Congress, his chief of staff John Kelly, Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and advisors Stephen Miller and Marc Short, "repeatedly" called African countries "shitholes", Durbin said. Someone else in the room responded: “Because if you do, it will be obvious why.

The White House issued a statement Thursday that did not deny the remarks. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians".

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"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", Durbin added.

Clinton, who was defeated by Trump in the presidential election, took the opportunity to hit back on social media tweeting: "The anniversary of the devastating quake 8 years ago is a day to remember the tragedy, honor the resilient people of Haiti, & affirm America's commitment to helping our neighbors", Clinton said.

High-ranking United States Senator Richard "Dick" Durbin, a Democrat from IL, claims that the president used the insult "repeatedly" to refer to developing nations; Donald Trump patently denies making any such remark.

Siplin's district includes Orlando's tourist district, where many Haitian immigrants are employed. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" the president added. Democratic leaders have called the comments racist.

One reporter asked: "Mr President, will you give an apology for the statement yesterday?", before another said: "Mr President, did you refer to African nations as s***holes?" "You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as 'shitholes, ' whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome".

"The Haitian government condemns in the strongest terms these abhorrent and obnoxious remarks which, if proven, reflect a totally erroneous and racist view of the Haitian community and its contribution to the United States", it said.

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