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Durbin, who was at the White House meeting on Thursday to discuss immigration, is the first to go on the record confirming reports that Trump referred to African nations as "shithole countries", and that the U.S. should "take. out" Haitians now living in the U.S. Trump reportedly also commented that the U.S. should accept more immigrants from Norway.

The White House, in an initial statement, didn't deny the remarks, which remained unchallenged by the Trump administration until a pair of tweets from the President.

Trump questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and counties in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected the bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation.

Trump's contemptuous description of an entire continent startled lawmakers in the meeting and immediately revived charges that the president is racist.

An alleged description of African and other countries as "shitholes" by Donald Trump prompted outrage on Friday, even as the USA president appeared to deny having used the specific term. "Trump is unworthy to speak of them!"

President Donald Trump says a bipartisan immigration proposal is "a big step backwards".

"The DREAM Act would NOT lead to 'chain migration, '" it argued.

Trump officials said the decision to revoke the special status for Haitians was a result of improved conditions on the island. He added the country "would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly".

Trump's comments came during a ceremony in which he signed a proclamation honoring civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr., who died after an assassin shot him half a century ago. King's memory is marked with a national holiday, which falls this year on Monday.

"I read those comments later last night, the first thing that came to my mind was very unfortunate, unhelpful", the Wisconsin Republican said at WisPolitics Luncheon in Milwaukee. President Woodrow Wilson dispatched US Marines to invade the Caribbean country in 1915 after its president was assassinated.

Haitians and Africans have been tweeting pictures of their "shithole countries".

Graham has not yet publicly commented on what the president said or on Durbin's remarks. "There is no other word one can use but 'racist'".

MIAC also asked the ambassador to clarify if the United States regards Botswana as a "shithole" country, adding that Trump's comments were "highly irresponsible, reprehensible, and racist". He also blamed "both sides" after a white supremacist rally in August in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent and a woman protesting against the rally was killed.

Durbin told the media on Friday that he reprimanded Trump for using the term "chain migration" in immigration negotiations, claiming it was associated with racism, despite the IL senator just this week also using the term.

During a meeting with lawmakers Thursday, Trump reportedly called those places "s**thole countries" and argued in favor of removing Haitians from the United States.

"The American people will ultimately judge us on the outcome we achieve, not the process which led to it". She said they are hurting prospects for a bipartisan agreement on immigration.



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