In his meeting with a group of senators, Trump had questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s**thole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and others who had been briefed on the remarkable Oval Office conversation.
"Some of these people then make the fearless decision to leave their homes and countries to safely build a new life for themselves in the United States. We should have more people from Norway". "We ask him to clarify why citizens of one country are "more desirable" than those of another and why the USA does 'not need more Haitians".
In another Twitter post, the president wrote that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very troubled and poor country". "Take them out", he said.
A day after President Donald Trump reportedly made highly incendiary comments about immigrants and African countries, two Republican senators said they don't recall those vulgar characterizations from the president.
U.S. President Donald Trump (right) listens as U.S. Senator Dick Durbin speaks during a bipartisan meeting with legislators on immigration reform at the White House in Washington on January 9, 2018. "When the question was raised about Haitians, for example, we have a group that have temporary protected status in the United States because they were the victims of crises and disasters and political upheaval". But 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 the president speak yesterday.
In 2009 Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, chose Ghana's capital Accra to set out his foreign policy goals for Africa in a speech in which he said he saw Africa "as a fundamental part of our interconnected world". When I mentioned that fact to him, he said, 'Haitians? He has also considered recording all his meetings to prevent similar controversies in the future.
"In the course of his comments he said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist".