Portland business owner from Haiti shocked by alleged Trump comments

President Trump speaks to the media as he meets with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the Oval Office on Jan. 10

President Trump speaks to the media as he meets with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the Oval Office on Jan. 10

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 our president speak yesterday.

Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of IL on Friday said Trump had indeed made the comments about 's***hole countries'.

In a response labelled by worldwide media as damage control, Mr Trump has denied using derogatory words but admitted his language was "tough".

"We can now we say with 100% confidence that the president is a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our constitution".

A spokesman for the United Nations said Friday that Trump's reported words were racist. "There were witnesses. There were 12 of us in the room".

Two Republican Senators, Tom Cotton (AR) and David Purdue (GA), claim they do not recall those comments.

The Vatican newspaper on Friday branded US President Donald Trump's reported comments about African countries and Haiti as "particularly harsh and offensive". "He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly", Durbin added. "We, along with the President, are committed to solving an issue many in Congress have failed to deliver on for decades".

Durbin described the discussions in the Oval Office in detail.

Senator Durbin said that after yesterday's meeting any hope for a deal "died".

Three people briefed on the conversation say Trump questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway.

Then Trump began talking about immigration from Africa. But even before the "shithole" remark, officials were not looking at a deal on immigration as tied to the January 19 government funding deadline, despite Democrats using the threat of a possible government shutdown as leverage to get a deal passed.

"Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians. he said, 'Haitians?"

Senator Perdue was among 3 Republicans in the bipartisan meeting with at the White House with President Trump and 3 Democrats to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and other immigration issues.

"I wish that this president actually had a better appreciation for the role immigration has played in building this country to what it is today", he said.

At first, he admitted he had used "tough" language, yet simultaneously denied using the exact words the media was reporting on.

"The African Union strongly believes there is a huge misunderstanding of the African continent and the people by the current administration", the organization, which comprises 55 member states, said in a statement.

"For years I and others have been trying to tell you, the American people, this man was exhibiting bigoted behavior". Diversity has always been our strength, not our weakness. "American immigration policy can not and should not be guided in any way, shape or form by racism".

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