Portland business owner from Haiti shocked by alleged Trump comments

U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis meet at the Vatican

Lindsey Graham, who was also at the meeting, seemed to confirm that report in a statement in which he said "following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday".

In his meeting with a group of senators, Trump had questioned why the United States would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s**thole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and others who had been briefed on the remarkable Oval Office conversation. The most "tough" thing at the scandalous meeting was the "outlandish proposal" made by the bipartisan group on DACA, he added.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) expect to formally introduce the censure resolution after lawmakers return from the Martin Luther King Jr.

The government of Botswana asked the U.S. government to clarify if Botswana was regarded as a "shithole country" and called his comments "irresponsible, reprehensible and racist". They don't blink. They stand tall and they have dignity. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the most powerful Republican in the House, called the president's comments "unfortunate" and "unhelpful". "You have seen the comments in the press".

It's a crushing blow to people who thought there might be a place for them in the world to escape poverty and oppression.

But aside from that word, what the president said was a big, big deal, something that can't be ignored. It is not true.

The remarks, Durbin said, were "vile, hate-filled and clearly racial in their content".

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He went on to talk about he witnessed in Haiti, stating the nation's people had "been through more, they've withstood more, they've fought back against more injustice than our President ever has". "The largest group's El Salvadoran, the second is Honduran and the third is Haitian".

"It's very sad and insulting, because I know my country and Haiti is not what he said", Adams said. "As Haitians, we may be poor, but we have a lot of quality".

That was the nature of this conversation.

Two Republican senators who were in the room have said they do not recall the president making those remarks specifically. They look you in the eye.

Mr Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians. he said, 'Haitians?"

Mr. Trump tweeted Friday amid criticism over his comments during a White House meeting Wednesday. "After unilaterally moving to end DACA and upend the lives of 800,000 young immigrants, including more than 41,000 in Illinois, Trump is resorting to offensive tactics to score a political win with his base".

On Friday's agenda is Trump's first physical exam since he's taken office. The vast damage that the 7.0-magnitude quake caused to the island's infrastructure and economy led to the designation for Haitians of a USA immigration protection known as Temporary Protected Status.

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