He turned to Twitter to state: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". The president said he has a wonderful relationship with Haitians and suggested future meetings probably should be recorded.
President Donald Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting in which he rejected a bipartisan deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. "When it came to the issue of 'chain migration, ' I said to the president, 'Do you realize how painful that term is to so many people?' African Americans believe that they migrated to America in chains".
The fact that he would so angrily disparage immigrants of color while wishing we had more immigrants from Norway or perhaps other places in Europe speaks for itself.
Trump lashed out Thursday about a potential deal on immigration that includes protections for Haitians and for people from some African nations. He also reportedly suggested that the U.S. should bring in more people from countries like Norway. The world is witnessing a new low today with this #S-tholeNations remark! totally unacceptable! uncalled for moreover it shows a lack a respect and IGNORANCE never seen before in the recent history of the USA by any President! ". Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation".
Trump disputed the reports in a tweet Friday morning, although he did not directly deny using the word. The group also implied that the Trump administration harbors misconceptions about Africa and its people. "Then the influencer said you also need to call the telephone company, tie up the lines and call the telephone company talking about 'I need to have my worldwide phone plan include S-hole'".
"And we know how his restrictive immigration policies are hurting our people in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, a lot of them reunited here in the Bolivarian Alliance".
Despite the back and forth regarding Trump's reported remarks, several lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have decried the language and condemned the comments. "America deserves better, and when I'm governor, I'll protect immigrant families and make IL a welcoming state for all".
After the comments sparked outrage, the president directly addressed the remarks on Twitter.
Ah, so it's not that Trump is opposed to all immigration, just immigration from people who aren't white.