Bar Associations Respond to President Donald Trump's 'Repugnant' Policies, Remarks

Bar Associations Respond to President Donald Trump's 'Repugnant' Policies, Remarks

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" the Washington Post quoted him as saying.

The president reportedly questioned why the United States would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than nations like Norway.

But nearly immediately a senator who attended the meeting at which Mr Trump was alleged to have used the description said it was "the exact word used by the president - not just once but repeatedly".

He said Mr Trump used the most vulgar term "more than once".

"Ours is not a s--hole country, neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", said South Africa's Jessie Duarte, a deputy secretary-general of the African National Congress. He called immigration "a attractive story of America " and said Africans in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, are "incredible citizens".

Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as "shithole countries" after triggering worldwide outrage.

Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue said they did not hear the president's racist remark.

"Africa/U.S. relations will take strain from this, with a leader who has failed to reconcile humanity", Maimane said.

Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, called the White House to tell Trump that a bipartisan group of senators had struck a deal to put Dreamers on a path to citizenship, beef up border security and take other steps to change immigration laws. "I have not read one of them that's inaccurate".

He continued an hour later, tweeting, "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

A Democratic senator who was in the room when President Trump reportedly made vile comments about "shithole countries" confirmed Friday that the commander-in-chief did, in fact, use the offensive language.

"Following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday", said Graham, who was part of a bipartisan proposal on immigration that Trump rejected at the meeting. "But I've never met a Haitian who isn't strong".

Members of his own Republican party have also distanced themselves from Trump's comments. The world is witnessing a new low today with this #S-tholeNations remark! totally unacceptable! uncalled for moreover it shows a lack a respect and IGNORANCE never seen before in the recent history of the U.S. by any President! The president said he has a wonderful relationship with Haitians and suggested future meetings probably should be recorded.

"It is incomprehensible that these words came out of the mouth of the president of the United States of America, a country that was founded on being free from discrimination", said Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican congresswoman.

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