Murkowski: Trump comments "don't reflect who we are as a country"

Sunday, 14 Jan, 2018

The scandal erupted after Donald Trump wondered why the United States would want to have immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations, referring to some as "shithole countries", and suggested America should welcome more people from nations like Norway instead. In the meeting, Trump reportedly questioned why the United States would provide protections for people in Haiti and African nations, calling them "shithole countries".

On Friday morning, Trump tweeted that he used "tough" language at the meeting, but not the reported vulgarity. Associated Press White House reporter Jonathan Lemire said no one at the White House denied "that he used these vulgar terms to describe these immigrants".

Haiti's ambassador in Washington has also asked for an apology, as Trump reportedly specifically questioned the protections granted to Haitian immigrants after the quake. It is scary to think that people would perceive us in a threatening fashion.

"We were deeply disturbed and offended by President Trump's remarks regarding Haiti and African countries", the Democrats said in a joint statement.

"If you tell me that we come from "s-thole" countries, when we come over here and open businesses and employ Americans", Maina said in frustration Friday. "And he said them repeatedly".

"He was very kind to the Haitians, he was very eloquent to them, and he was the first president to (have) ever visited Haitians, and he said he was going to be the champion of Haitians", Haitian-American Georges Sami Saati said. In his tweet, Mahama referred to speech made by Trump to African leaders at the United Nations in September, when the US president praised their nations but also mistakenly referred to a nonexistent country called "Nambia". He revealed this during a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office over immigration issues.

In fiscal year 2016, 1.18 million people became legal permanent residents of the United States, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security. He said Twitter denials by Trump are "not true. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" I will not be diverted from all possible efforts to continue negotiating to stop the deportations.

Clinton unsuccessfully faced off against Trump as his Democratic opponent during the 2016 presidential campaign.

"If that's not racism, I don't know how you can define it", U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., said.