Trump Offers Vague Denial About Language on Immigrants

Erika Holt
January 13, 2018

Lindsey Graham, a Republican, joined other lawmakers who had been working on immigration legislation of their own at the White House Thursday.

Reporter April Ryan made a decision to just ask him herself.

Durbin and South Carolina Sen. David Perdue, and Arkansas Sen.

But the White House was apparently brushing off such criticism. "We're better than this", Biden tweeted on Friday. Some countries, such as Botswana, demanding the president apologize for his remark. Dick Durbin - the only Democrat present at the meeting - accused Trump of repeatedly saying "things that were hate-filled, vile, and racist". Since they are receiving American aid, they were slow to criticize the president's comment. Kwame Raoul, whose Haitian parents immigrated to the U.S.in the 1950s.

Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met Wednesday.

As Durbin was describing for the president which immigrants with the protected status would receive relief under the diversity visa program, he mentioned a few examples, including Haiti. "... I want safety and security for our people". He went to high school in Louisiana and to college at Louisiana State University and became a US citizen. "The largest group's El Salvadoran, the second is Honduran and the third is Haitian". But I just don't have the patience for this hyperventilation.

When it came to talk of extending protections for Haitians, Durbin said Trump replied: "We don't need more Haitians'". Never said "take them out". It was best said a long time ago, E Pluribus Unum - Out of Many, One.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" the Washington Post quoted him as saying. "So, we should lead the world not only economically and militarily, but we should also lead the nations in how we respect people of all nations and all places".

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But, he added, "I also understand the president is not a career politician, and may say things that aren't politically incorrect". The remarks, Durbin said, were "vile, hate-filled and clearly racial in their content".

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"That's highly unbecoming of a president if somebody uses that kind of language, period", Kang said. "That was the nature of this conversation".

U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer, a Democrat, said "President Trump's comments are racist and a disgrace".

"I think Trump is a good president for me", Mario Gonzalez, from Cuba, said. They look you in the eye.

Durbin is the only person in the meeting who has spoken at length about what transpired in the Oval Office.

Word leaked out after a meeting on immigration between Trump and members of Congress that he had strongly objected to the idea of accepting immigrants from Haiti and Africa. Goodlatte had no comment.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle took a harder stance against the remark. "I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs...".

"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", Mr. Durbin said on Friday. The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel. "Something I am most proud of is the relationships that we have built in all of Greensboro and all of the sixth district throughout this community", said Walker.

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