Donald Trump is now denying referring to some countries as “s—hole countries” during a bipartisan meeting about immigration with lawmakers.


The group was working on legislation about DACA – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – when he questioned why the United States should admit people from “s—hole countries,” the media reported. He is also reported to have said that he’d rather have immigrants from Norway and fewer from “s—hole countries” in Africa. In addition, Trump allegedly made inflammatory comments about Haiti, asking why the US would want immigrants from Haiti and insinuating that all Haitians have AIDS.

One of the lawmakers in attendance, Senator Dick Durban (D-Illinois), corroborated the words, saying Trump used “hate-filled” and “racist” language multiple times throughout the meeting. “You’ve seen the comments in the press,” Durbin said. “I have not read one of them that’s inaccurate.”

In a series of tweets, Trump denied speaking ill of Haiti and other countries during the meeting. Additionally, he blamed Democrats for a poor meeting and said that any setbacks with DACA would be the fault of the liberals.


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“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA! Sadly, Democrats want to stop paying our troops and government workers in order to give a sweetheart deal, not a fair deal, for DACA. Take care of our Military, and our Country, FIRST! Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country,” Trump tweeted. “Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings — unfortunately, no trust!”

“To no surprise, the president started tweeting this morning denying that he used those words,” Durbin said. “It is not true. He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly.”

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, who has publicly sparred with Trump, said the president’s remarks were “related to me directly following the meeting by those in attendance.” He has denounced Trump’s comments, along with many Democratic lawmakers, as “abhorrent and repulsive.” Sen. Tim Scott also said that Sen. Lindsey Graham confirmed that the media’s portrayal of Trump’s words were “basically accurate,” but in his own statement, Graham refused to comment either way. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida) also did not confirm nor deny Trump’s language.

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