"Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?" he asked, according to multiple sources present at the White House meeting. After reports emerged that the president used the discriminatory, crass language to express his distaste for offering protections to Haitian and El Saldavorian immigrants (as well as immigrants from certain African countries), he faced widespread backlash.
President Trump is quoted to have said: "Why do we want all these people from Africa here?"
The White House didn't deny the president's usage of the term "shithole" and, predictably, defended it with a more racist statement.
Trump went on to say "I'm running to be president of all Americans..." Macky Sall, president of Senegal, tweeted on Friday that he was "shocked" by Trump's words, adding that "Africa and the black race deserve the respect and consideration of all".
African ambassadors to United Nations attack Trump's 'racist' remarks
Trump's derogatory remarks cited by the Washington Post and New York Times were in reference to African countries and Haiti . Trump has inaccurately claimed that Barack Obama, the nation's first black president , wasn't born in the United States.
The CNN anchor holds a close relationship with Haiti after he was one of the first foreign journalists to arrive and report on the devastating quake that killed thousands in 2010. "There is no other word one can use but 'racist'".
"It might happen once or twice without CNN executives being aware, but it wouldn't continue if they were not OK", former CNN executive Jon Klein said.
Ben Marter, a spokesman for Durbin, did not provide details of the conversation but said the senator was "encouraged" by Trump's reaction. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!'
As president, Trump has reportedly said that he believes Haitians coming to the United States "all have AIDS".
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