After reports that Trump referred to “shithole” African nations in a meeting (that was not denied by The White House), the president has tweeted this morning that “this was not the language used.”
he then followed up by claiming he “never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!”
His tweet, denying the “shithole” comment follows an earlier series of tweets that slammed the proposed DACA proposal, and sought to explain his thinking about a bipartisan immigration plan that was presented on Thursday which would allow too many people in from “high crime” countries. He said that’s one of the key reasons why a bipartisan plan presented on Thursday is a nonstarter.
On Thursday evening, reports broke that Trump had criticized the Gang of Six senators’ plan to reinstate TPS programs for El Salvador, Haiti, and some African nations.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said in the White House meeting with a group of senators, including Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
Meanwhile, the comment sparked outrage among Democrats who did not hesitate to publicly slam Trump for what many said was a racist comment.
It would appear, unlike all the chattering yesterday, that this ‘bipartisan’ deal is far from ‘done’.