Trump 'privately defends vulgar comments on immigration'

Trump 'privately defends vulgar comments on immigration'

Trump 'privately defends vulgar comments on immigration'

The on-again, off-again effort to decide the future of nearly 800,000 undocumented youths in the United States swung wildly from Thursday to Friday, with one of the top Republicans in Congress calling President Donald Trump's reported use of an expletive to disparage some immigrants' home countries "unfortunate" and "unhelpful".

President Donald Trump on Friday denied using certain "language" during a private meeting with lawmakers as fury spread over his comments about immigrants.

Responding to the furor on Friday, Trump said on Twitter that his language was "tough", but "this was not the language used". Lindsey Graham broke his public silence.

Deputy Secretary General Jesse Duarte said developing countries do have difficulties, but the United States has millions of people out of work or without health care, and "we would not deign to make comments as derogatory".

CNN's Anderson Cooper said Mr Trump's comment was, "Not racial". Alexander Hamilton said that the Louisiana Purchase would have never happened were it not for the "courage and obstinate resistance of the black inhabitants" of Haiti. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians!"

"The anniversary of the devastating quake 8 years ago is a day to remember the tragedy, honor the resilient people of Haiti, & affirm America's commitment to helping our neighbors", the Pantsuit Queen sermonized.

But Botswana's government called Trump's comment "reprehensible and racist", saying the USA ambassador had been summoned to clarify whether the country was regarded so poorly after years of cordial relations.

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Trump's comments were "shocking and shameful" and "I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist", said a spokesman for the United Nations human rights office, Rupert Colville.

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Editor's note: Contains vulgar language. Espaillat immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic, located next to Haiti on the island of Hispaniola. The proposal Graham and Durbin brought included restrictions on what conservatives call chain migration but only for relatives of DACA recipients. He was fuming about the latest bipartisan deal on immigration.

The president and lawmakers are in the midst of intense negotiations about how to shield almost 800,000 "Dreamers" from deportation.

A group of Republican and Democratic senators has been working for months to craft legislation that would protect 700,000 young adults who were brought into the country illegally as children and later shielded from deportation under a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. He gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative fix.

Their future, he insisted, "should not be used as a bargaining chip to negotiate the most severe and restrictive immigration and security measures possible".

Trump addressed Haiti, but said nothing about his reported comments on Africa.

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He has denounced NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem in protest at police brutality against African Americans, and made questionable comments about a white supremacist rally in Virginia that turned violent.

Trump had been quoted as saying during a meeting at the White House earlier in the week, "Why do we want all these people from Africa here?"

Acclaimed Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat issued a powerful statement through her Facebook page saying that Haitians "today we mourn, tomorrow we fight".

Some Republicans were also unhappy.

It further called for the US President to issue an apology for the hurtful remarks not only to Africans but people of African descent across the globe.

Anthony Scaramucci, whose brief tenure as White House communications director ended shortly after his expletive-filled comments about his administration colleagues appeared in The New Yorker, said Trump "is not a racist".

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