Trump Denies Using Vulgar Slur; Top Democrat Says He Said It

Trump Denies Using Vulgar Slur; Top Democrat Says He Said It

Billy Shreve, a county councilmember in Maryland, chalked the comments up to Trump's past as a real estate developer and his years at a military boarding school as a teenager. The remarks were relayed to NPR by a Democratic aide and another person familiar with the discussion.

On Friday, Mr Trump on Friday tweeted that his language he used at the private meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration legislation had been "tough".

Trump said on Twitter on Friday that he merely used "tough" language when discussing a new immigration bill with a group of US senators. According to those briefed on the conversation, the president used the phrase * a href="***hole-countries/2930875/" *"s***hole countries" while questioning why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and nations in Africa, rather than places like Norway. "Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and U.S. would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly".

Altidor said that since the reports of Trump's remarks, he had been "bombarded by emails from the American public apologizing" and said he knew Trump's comments were "not the views of the American public". "Probably should record future meetings".

Trump took to Twitter on Friday and said "this was not the language used", though he did not specifically deny the "shithole" remark. The president, according to Durbin, "said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist".

"He used those words, and he used them repeatedly", Durbin said.

Haiti's US Ambassador Paul Altidor told the BBC the idea that "we're simply immigrants who come here to take advantage of the US" is wrong.

In November it ended Temporary Protected Status for immigrants from Haiti and Nicaragua, giving 59,000 Haitian immigrants until July 2019 to return home or legalize their presence in the United States.

After the January 12, 2010 quake, the US came to Haiti's assistance and was the largest provider of aid.

And the Botswana government has summoned the U.S. ambassador to Botswana to "express its displeasure".

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Altidor said that if Trump disparaged his and other countries, "you hope there would be possibly an apology, again, for what was said here, because we thought [those comments] were misplaced".

"Given the historical reality of how African Americans arrived in the United States as slaves, and the United States being the biggest example of how a nation has been built by migration - for a statement like that to come is particularly upsetting", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.

The pan-African grouping represents 55 member states throughout the continent. Many gathered for a press conference to show their disdain.

Commenting on the White House meeting, Graham said on Friday that diversity had always been the United States' strength.

Altidor said the US chargé d'affaires in Haiti had been summoned to explain the reported comments.

Trump said, "Why do we want all these people from Africa here?" "Congress has a constitutional responsibility to impeach him without delay".

It is "offensive for President Trump to make derogatory statements about countries that do not share policy positions with the United States", the statement read. "The US also faces difficulties".

The incident highlighted Trump's frequent tendency to make derogatory remarks about people of color.

Haitians and Africans have been tweeting pictures of their "shithole countries".

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