President Donald Trump is now denying that he ever described developing nations as "s--hole countries", though he is acknowledging that he did use "tough" language in the context of the debate over whether to take in people from said s--holes.
South Africa's ruling African National Congress called Trump's comments "extremely offensive", while opposition leader Mmusi Maimane said "the hatred of Obama's roots now extends to an entire continent". "Take them out", Trump was quoted as saying.
Trump was meeting with lawmakers in a bid to gain bipartisan support for an immigration deal that would possibly restore TPS for countries - including Haiti - where it's been removed, according to The Washington Post.
The comments revived charges that the president is racist and roiled immigration talks that were already on tenuous footing.
'The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used, ' Trump wrote, using unusually passive language in an effort to walk back the comment.
Tucker Carlsons strategy was to suggest that Trump was simply saying what everyone was thinking - once he changed what Trump was saying.
That move the needle argument - that Trumps base would stand by him - was also put forward by other Trump sympathizers in the immediate aftermath of the initial reports of Trumps comments. The remarks, Durbin said, were "vile, hate-filled and clearly racial in their content". Jeffress says Trump has courage and deserved gratitude for his leadership.More news: Warm weather could cause ice jams
"But you know what?"
However he later tweeted: "this was not the language used".
"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. "Haitians should not be seen as a bunch of immigrants who come to the United States to exploit U.S. resources".
Trump past year ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provided protection from deportation along with the ability to work legally in the U.S. He gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative fix.
It's unclear now how a deal might emerge, and failure could lead to a government shutdown.
The remarks were allegedly made when lawmakers visited him on Thursday to discuss a bipartisan proposal that would impose new restrictions on immigration but protect the so-called "Dreamers" - hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children - from deportation.
Durbin, the Democratic whip, acknowledged that "more than most people, a senator lives by his words" but that "occasionally words will fail us and occasionally we will fail words".
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., criticized Trump's remarks during an event Friday in Milwaukee, pointing to his own Irish ancestors' migration to America.
We'll get back to that in a second. "You don't want to call a guy a thief". But some Democrats have threatened to withhold support unless an immigration pact is forged.More news: 'Animaniacs' Reboot Lands Two-Season Straight-to-Series Order at Hulu
In 2016, in response to a question about then-candidate Trump's views on immigration and his intention to build a wall along the USA border with Mexico, Francis said a man with such views was "not Christian".
When I mentioned that fact to him, he said, "Haitians, do we need more Haitians?"
There is not much more to say than what the president said himself.
The reports prompted outrage and accusations of racism from people in the U.S. and the rest of the world.
However Juba businesswoman Jenny Jore, 31, told AFP that Trump's remarks were "on point".
Clinton piled on, bringing up the anniversary of the devastating quake that struck Haiti in 2010 and using it as a club to hit at her former rival.
First Baptist Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress defended explicit comments by President Trump, where he referred to Haiti and some African nations as "shithole countries". Made up by Dems. Watters went on to say. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust! Day, which is Monday.
Trump was in a closed meeting with members of Congress to discuss immigration on Thursday when he reportedly questioned why the US would accept more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa, rather than places like Norway.
His remarks reportedly left the assembled politicians "taken aback", the paper said, with Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator for SC, and Richard Durbin, Democratic senator for IL, among those in the room.More news: 'Raw Water' Trend May Expose Drinkers to Health Risks