Maryland lawmakers, Mayor Pugh condemn Trump's comments on immigrants

Dick Durbin the second most senior Democrat in the Senate who was present said President Trump “said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly”

'I'm not a racist': Trump's denial after 's***hole countries' controversy

The reported language was the latest in a long string of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim comments by Trump that have been condemned as racist.

Tucker Carlson said President Trump's controversial comment about the US accepting immigrants from "s***hole countries" is forcing a conversation that elected leaders don't want to have. Richard Durbin, the Senate's second-ranking Democrat, appeared to confirm those reports on Friday.

Dick Durbin, who was in the room with Trump when he made the remark, said that the president did use "vile, vulgar" language including the word "shithole".

The denial followed a backlash from African leaders, American politicians from both the ruling Republican party and the Democratic party and Africans who used social media to mock Trump with positive images of their "shithole countries". "Haitians should not be seen as a bunch of immigrants who come to the United States to exploit USA resources".

On Friday, AU chief Moussa Faki's spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo had also said Trump's comment "truly flies in the face of accepted behaviour and practice". He also mentioned Africa and asked why more people from "s***hole countries" should be allowed into the US, the sources said.

Durbin said that he was in the process of describing the protections granted to immigrants from certain countries which have endured natural disasters or other devastation, including Haiti, where a 2010 quake killed hundreds of thousands of people.

Earlier, El Salvador sent a note of protest to the U.S. government condemning Trump's alleged remarks. Trump said, according to people familiar with the meeting.

"Shithole was the exact word used once not twice but repeatedly", Mr Durbin was quoted to have said.

We use cookies to give you the best experience on our website and bring you more relevant advertising. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", Trump tweeted. "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".

President Donald Trump says a bipartisan immigration proposal is "a big step backwards".

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

"Trump has also previously claimed his good health is one of his greatest assets" and described himself as "healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency". Those affected have until 2019 to leave the US or, if eligible, seek alternative immigration status.

At first the White House did not deny that the remark was made.

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