Lindsey Graham After Trump 'S**thole' Comments: 'Diversity Has Always Been Our Strength'

Ebony Scott
January 13, 2018

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of IL was also in the Oval Office Thursday, and, in speaking with reporters Friday morning, made clear the reports on Trump's racist remarks, including that he wants less people from Haiti and more form Norway, are accurate.

American news media reported on Thursday that Trump used the term at talks on a USA immigration policy known as DACA.

The New York Times reported the same comment, citing unnamed people with direct knowledge of the meeting.

DACA is short for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Diversity has always been our strength, not our weakness.

"I want to take a moment to talk about Haiti, one of the places the President of the United States called a "sh**hole country", Mr Cooper started his speech live on air.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who was at the meeting to try to sell the president on a compromise plan to protect about 800,000 mostly younger immigrants from deportation, chimed in at the meeting to defend immigrants. "That's when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from 'shitholes.' The exact word used by the president, not just once, but repeatedly", he said.

The president also insisted that while he used "tough" language during the meeting, he did not make the "shithole" remark as reported. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!"

"We would not deign to make comments as derogatory as that about any country that has any kind of socio-economic or other difficulties", Duarte said, adding that much like their African counterparts, millions of USA citizens were affected by problems such as unemployment. Never said 'take 'em out.' Made up by Dems. The largest group is El Salvador and the second is Honduran and the third is Haitian, and when I mentioned that fact to him, he said, 'Haitians? Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust! And it prompted senators who were present at the meeting to answer questions Friday about their recollections of the startling remarks.

"We would not deign to make comments as derogatory about any country facing such difficulties", Duarte said. "They are incensed. They don't understand". At 7:28, Trump Tweeted what appears to be a denial of the "shithole" comment. Our AU Presidents must respond strongly to this insult.

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Former adviser to Jeb Bush's presidential campaign Michael Steele told Meet the Press it was a "borderline racist, stupid comment". South Africa's ruling African National Congress said his comment is "extremely offensive".

"We have despots running these countries".

Sylvester Odion Akhaine teaches worldwide relations at the Lagos State University in Nigeria. "He's president of the United States". He did not specifically deny using the word "shithole".

Raoul, who was appointed to the Illinois Legislature to fill the vacancy left by Barack Obama's 2004 election to the U.S. Senate, added that it was a personal slight, too.

While some congressional Republicans from NY unequivocally criticized Trump, others have taken his vague semi-denials at face value. But Democrats were not the only ones objected.

But some other Republicans, such as Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Cuban-American, reacted with revulsion.

"This behaviour is unacceptable from the leader of our nation", Ms Love said in a statement.

Graham went onto say, "The American ideal is embraced by people all over the globe".

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, also a Republican, said he wanted more details of the president's comments. "I think we held our own as best we could". George Grow was the editor.

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