Jake Tapper Goes Off on Trump 'Sh*thole' Comments

Erika Holt
January 14, 2018

According to those briefed on the conversation, the president used the phrase * a href="http://abc7chicago.com/politics/trump-why-allow-immigrants-from-s***hole-countries/2930875/" *"s***hole countries" while questioning why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and nations in Africa, rather than places like Norway.

The director of the ADL's Center on Extremism, Oren Segal, told Newsweek that such Trump remarks are "the engine that fuels white supremacy" in America.

"I want a merit-based system of immigrant and people who will help take our country to the next level", Trump tweeted.

"The African Union Mission wishes to express its infuriation, disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump", the statement read.

Ghana is widely seen as a stable, peaceful country in an often turbulent region, and has close ties to the United States. "We need to respect and welcome all - no exceptions", Walsh tweeted.

Haitians and Africans in Maryland say they don't think they should be written off.

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement issued after The Washington Post first reported Trump's remarks. He said Trump used the most vulgar term "more than once".

In his tweeted denial, Mr Trump said: "The language used by me at the meeting was tough, but this [sh**hole] was not the language used".

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"It is completely inappropriate for the President to refer to other countries in the manner in which he reportedly did", said Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN).

Johnson rejected Trump's claim in a 2015 CNN interview in which the President said he was "the least racist person", declaring that "he's a racist both in his actions and his words".

"In the course of his comments", Durbin said, Trump "said things which were hate-filled, vile, and racist".

South Africa's ruling African National Congress called comments "extremely offensive", while opposition leader Mmusi Maimane said "the hatred of Obama's roots now extends to an entire continent". Durbin said, adding that the president then went on to describe African nations as "s-tholes". Trump said this during a bipartisan meeting of lawmakers in his Oval Office.

The president implied Friday morning on Twitter that maybe he should start recording meetings because there is no trust.

"Shithole? Thought they said he was so impressed with us just last September?"

"The president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday", he said in a statement released by the White House.

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