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Trump Blames Democrats for Stalled Immigration Negotiations Amid Backlash for 'Shithole' Comments

14 January 2018, 01:09 | Erica Roy

Trump Blames Democrats for Stalled Immigration Negotiations Amid Backlash for 'Shithole' Comments

Trump Blames Democrats for Stalled Immigration Negotiations Amid Backlash for 'Shithole' Comments

Using vulgar language, Trump on Thursday questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway in rejecting a bipartisan immigration deal.

In a tweet Friday morning, Trump said he used "tough" language at the meeting.

In a statement released after an emergency session, the group said it was "extremely appalled at and strongly condemns the outrageous racist and xenophobic remarks attributed to the president of the United States of America as widely reported by the media".

The New York Times reported the same comment, citing unnamed people with direct knowledge of the meeting.

The 2016 letter put Trump's blood pressure and cholesterol measurements in the healthy range, though he uses a cholesterol-lowering statin medication.

The city of Flint, Michigan has had a years-long crisis of high lead levels in their tap water, which made it undrinkable and forced them to rely on bottled water. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians.

As outrage spread, the US government's own Africa Media Hub tried to put out the flames.

Uganda's state minister for global relations, Henry Okello Oryem, called the remarks "unfortunate and regrettable" and hoped that heads of state will reply at an African Union summit later this month.

And they spurred a harsh reaction from the United Nations, with rights office spokesman Rupert Colville calling them "shocking and shameful". I could tell you about my parents, how they came to this country with so many other Haitians, how they embraced the American dream and thrived, how I and so many first-generation Haitian-Americans are products of our parents' American dreams.

It should come as no surprise that someone who began his campaign by using derogatory and racist remarks against Mexican immigrants would denigrate entire countries like El Salvador and Haiti and the continent of Africa, but as Americans, we have to be better than that.

"For months, I have been involved in numerous high level bipartisan meetings negotiating DACA (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals), including Thursday's meeting at the White House".

The newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, wrote about the comment in a front-page article about the immigration debate in the United States.

"The positive comment on Norway makes the underlying sentiment very clear", Colville said, warning that Trump's comments should not merely be brushed aside as "vulgar language".

Senators Lindsey Graham and Richard Durbin proposed cutting the visa lottery program by 50 per cent and prioritising countries already in the system, a White House official said.

The president and lawmakers are in the midst of intense negotiations about how to shield almost 800,000 "Dreamers" from deportation.

Their future, he insisted, "should not be used as a bargaining chip to negotiate the most severe and restrictive immigration and security measures possible". Moore said that some of the people he represents in his capacity as a PR agent, such as megachurch pastor Paula White and radio host James Dobson, would not be commenting on the matter.

Trump made the comments during an immigration meeting with Durbin and six Republican lawmakers: Sens. He also blamed "both sides" after a white supremacist rally in August in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent and a woman protesting against the rally was killed.

One of the six senators who crafted the deal, Democrat Michael Bennet of Colorado, said Saturday that the proposal "has everything the president asked for on the border".

Some Republicans were also unhappy.

It had sought clarification from the USA envoy as to whether Botswana was on the list of African nations Trump would include in his slur, which the White House did not deny he made, "given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the United States".

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