Trump's Immigration Slur Angers House Democrats

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Cedric McMinn joins with others to mark the 8th anniversary of the massive natural disaster in Haiti and to condemn President Donald Trump's reported statement about immigrants from Haiti, Africa and El Salvador on January 12, 2018 in Miami, Florida.

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who wasn't in the meeting, in a tweet called the president's remarks, "Breathtakingly offensive".

On CNN, Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that the President's comments were "dangerous" and "do not represent America".

However, critics of the president, including some in his own Republican Party, spent Friday blasting the vulgar comments he made behind closed doors.

In a private White House meeting on Thursday (Jan. 11), President Donald Trump reportedly remarked that Haiti and African nations are "sh*thole countries".

U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer, a Democrat, said "President Trump's comments are racist and a disgrace". He wrote, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

He also took issue with Trumps reported suggestion that the United States should welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose population is overwhelmingly white, instead of from African countries and Haiti.

"This is like throwing gasoline to the fire", Representative Adriano Espaillat, a New York Democrat, said of Trump's reported language.

Historian Ibram X. Kendi, author of "Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History or Racist Ideas in America", said he notices a reluctance to use the term.

"I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the Presidency", Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said in a tweet.

During the moment of silence in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, President Jovenel Moise placed the first stone for the construction of a new National Palace, which was destroyed in the quake, after denouncing Trump's comments as "racist" earlier Friday.

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"Immigration is not tied to Donald Trump".

It's unclear now how a deal might emerge, and failure could lead to a government shutdown. Not more - not just once, but repeatedly. "So I see this as a thing to celebrate, and I think it's a big part of our strength". John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 GOP senator, and other Republicans have derided the group of six senators as having little clout.

Some Republicans were also up in arms over the remarks.

"Unless it was specifically said about South Sudan, we have nothing to say", South Sudan government spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny told AP.

The latest controversy for Trump comes as he announced that he would not be making an official visit to the United Kingdom, declining an invitation to open the new USA embassy in London, after describing the new move as " a bad deal". Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers.

Lawmakers have until January 19 to approve a government-wide stopgap spending bill, and Republicans will need Democratic votes to push the measure through.

The president is pushing back against accusations that he profanely insulted other countries.

The African Union (AU) said it was "frankly alarmed" by Mr Trump's statement. "They're s***hole countries. We should have more people from Norway".

In the 2010 natural disaster, more than 220,000 Haitians were killed in the 7.0-magnitude quake that struck near Port-au-Prince - and more than 300,000 were injured. "But I'm not surprised he said that because not too long ago he said all Haitians have AIDS". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" Day, which is Monday.

Trump mentioned Norway in derogatory comments about other countries of migration as US senators briefed him on Thursday on a newly drafted bipartisan immigration bill, according to two sources who asked not to be identified.

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