Democrats announced Friday that they will attempt to censure President Donald Trump after reports that he described Haiti, El Salvador, and numerous African nations as "shithole countries" during a closed-door meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration earlier this week.
The president's reference to African "sh**hole" countries and reported resistance to more immigration from Haiti felt like a tipping point in the number of people willing to call HIM a racist, rather than say his words or actions exhibited racism.
Despite Trump's denial, one of the sponsors of the DACA deal who was present at the meeting, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), insisted the U.S. president indeed referred to the countries in question as "s***holes" multiple times during the gathering.
Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, the only Democrat in the room, said Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said.
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At first the White House did not deny that the remark was made.
"We do not recall the president saying these comments specifically", Perdue and Cotton said. He said Trump used the most vulgar term "more than once". I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level.
"Why do we need more Haitians?" Jackson, who also provided care for President Barack Obama and became a White House physician in 2006, is expected to provide a detailed readout of the exam on Tuesday and answer questions from reporters.
The African Union pointed out many Africans arrived in the U.S.as slaves.
As president, Trump has assembled the least racially or ethnically diverse cabinet in decades, sought to bar Muslims from entering the country, and said "both sides" were to blame after white supremacists clashed with counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Trump later tweeted Friday morning that he "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
Farah Larrieux, a Haitian immigrant and organizer in Miami, referenced statements Trump made in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood while campaigning before the 2016 election that he wanted "to be the biggest champion" for Haitian Americans.
In June, he said Nigerian immigrants would "never go back to their huts" after coming to the U.S.
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo on Saturday echoed other African leaders, calling Trump's remark "extremely unfortunate" and said that "we will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful".
And since we're also talking about immigration as well, we're hoping the president would take time to meet some of the TPS recipients, to see exactly how much contribution as a community we continue to provide here in this country.
Altidor said the Haitian Embassy in Washington was inundated with emails from Americans apologizing for Trump's remarks, which he found heartening. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"