In his meeting with a group of senators, he had questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s-thole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and people briefed on the remarkable Oval Office conversation.
A senator present at a White House immigration meeting says President Donald Trump used vulgar language to describe African countries, saying he "said these hate filled things and he said them repeatedly".
Trump tweets: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
"We created direct name matches between people who appear in the 1865 Norway census as children", Boustan explains, "and then we looked at the 1900 census in Norway and the 1900 census in the United States".
The president met on Thursday with Senators Lindsey Graham, Republican of SC, and Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of IL. I support the President's push for merit based immigration as well as resolving the DACA situation once and for all.
"Good morning from the greatest most handsome "shithole country" in the world!" "There are millions of unemployed people in the USA, millions of people who don't have health care services or access to education and we would not deign to make comments as derogatory as that", said Jessie Duarte, the deputy secretary general of the African National Congress (ANC). Trump said he was only expressing what many people think but won't say about immigrants from economically depressed countries, according to a person who spoke to the president as criticism of his comments ricocheted around the globe.
The White House did not deny his remark but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society". "Haitians should not be seen as a bunch of immigrants who come to the United States to exploit U.S. resources".
Although there is evidence that a family-based system of immigration provides a number of benefits to the US, that's really beside the point: Trump didn't argue for a policy that gives preference to doctors or other high-skilled workers.
"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement issued after The Washington Post first reported Trump's remarks.
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, who was in the meeting, disputed the president account.
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When I mentioned that fact to him, he said, "Haitians, do we need more Haitians?" "We have consistently been portrayed as shitty people from shitty countries".
"This is like throwing gasoline to the fire", Representative Adriano Espaillat, a New York Democrat, said of Trump's reported language.
At least 10,000 Haitian immigrants came to Southwest Florida after a 2010 quake devastated their nation.
"No! I gotta go", he told a Post reporter as he left his Capitol Hill office and jumped into an SUV that sped away.
Durbin said Friday that he had hoped for White House approval of the bipartisan deal.
This wouldn't be the president's first racially charged remark. After all, this is the president who kicked off his campaign by claiming that Mexico was sending "rapists" to the United States.
The World Bank on Friday tweeted that sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth this year is forecast at 3.2 percent.
Graham didn't specifically refer to those remarks, but said that he said his "piece directly" to the president after his comments during the meeting. Along with the mourning, government officials were expected to meet with the highest-ranking USA diplomat in the country for an explanation of Trump's reported remarks.
In a statement it said it had asked the USA government, through its ambassador, to "clarify" if the derogatory remark also applied to Botswana given that there were Botswana nationals living in the United States and others who wished to go there.