GOP lawmakers 'do not recall' Trump's 'shithole' slur

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The African group of ambassadors to the United Nations has issued an extraordinary statement condemning the "outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks" by President Donald Trump and demanding a retraction and apology.

So far, the State Department said, the USA charge d'affaires in Haiti and ambassador in Botswana have been called in by their hosts after Trump reportedly dubbed these countries "shitholes". Robert Chiponda, a communications consultant in Lusaka, said he never took Trump seriously.

Republican Senator Lindsay Graham of SC, also present at the gathering, said he confronted the president over his racy comments.

The president's latest comments drew reactions from overseas on Friday.

"One day after President Donald Trump allegedly asked why the USA would allow more immigrants from Haiti and "****hole* countries" in Africa, Sen. On Friday morning, Trump tweeted that his "language was tough" but "this was not the language used".

U.S. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who was at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday where Trump reportedly made the remarks, confirmed to reporters on Friday that Trump used "vile, vulgar" language, including "shithole". "He said those hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly", Senator Richard J. Durbin of IL, who was in the room, said Friday. "He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly".

The president tweeted Friday, insisting "this was not the language used".

The White House physician pronounced Donald Trump to be in "excellent health" after Trump had his first medical exam as USA president on Friday, capping off a week in which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny.

Republicans are hoping these numbers help them in this fall's midterm elections, where the House and Senate majorities enjoyed by the GOP may be in jeopardy - in part because of Trump's low approval numbers. Trump said in a bipartisan meeting, according to multiple people in the room.

Roughly 13,000 of the state's immigrants came from Haiti and 5,600 people came from El Salvador.

In 2016, in response to a question about then-candidate Trump's views on immigration and his intention to build a wall along the USA border with Mexico, Francis said a man with such views was "not Christian".

"I want safety and security for our people", he added, criticizing the proposed bipartisan deal. They are all talk and no action. Great opportunity missed. Too bad!

Democrats want protections for Dreamers included in a measure on government spending, which must pass by a January 19 deadline to avoid a government shutdown. Some Democrats have threatened to withhold support unless an immigration pact is forged. "I think President Trump is racially ignorant and racially uninformed".

Trump questioned why the USA should accept more immigrants from Haiti and Africa over places like Norway.

Shortly after, he tweeted "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

"We should have more people from Norway", Trump allegedly said.

In an essay for Time, the 57-year-old actor and founder of the J/P Haitian Relief Organization slammed Donald on the eighth anniversary of the devastating 2010 Haiti quake.

Durbin said Trump specifically asked, "Do we need more Haitians?" before launching into a diatribe about African immigration. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians!" "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

Ignoring shouted questions about the mounting firestorm over race, the president paid tribute during a ceremony to the reverend's "peaceful crusade for justice and equality". Day, which is Monday.

Mia Love, a Utah congresswoman of Haitian descent, called them "unkind" and "divisive" while South Carolina's Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator, said if Trump really did use those words, it would be "disappointing".

Durbin, speaking to reporters on Friday, contradicted Trump's claim.

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