"And then (Trump) went on, when we started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure, that's when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from shitholes", Durbin said.
Trump reportedly asked why the US would want immigrants from "s***hole countries" in Africa while meeting with lawmakers about a bipartisan immigration deal.
Yesterday, the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, reportedly had some unduly harsh words for immigrants from Haiti and Africa, asking why we would want immigrants from those "shithole countries". Sorry, but there is no other word one can use but racist.More news: Disney announces new Star Wars: Rivals action shooter for Android and iOS
He also took issue with Trump's reported suggestion that the United States should welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose population is overwhelmingly white, instead of from African countries and Haiti.
The statement also questioned why Trump "must use this descriptor and derogatory word, when talking about countries with whom the U.S. has had cordial and mutually beneficial bilateral relations for so many years".
On Friday morning (Jan. 12), Trump used his Twitter account to defend himself, saying he didn't make the remarks mentioned above.
The reference was to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shields from deportation almost 800,000 immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.More news: California man confesses to 1993 killing in TV interview, seeks forgiveness
Trump made the remark Thursday during a White House meeting after senators discussed revamping immigration rules, according to the Washington Post.
As the administration attempted to "stabilize" and move the conversation away from the president's mental fitness, his comment welcomed detractions even from his allies.
In a statement responding to the Post's story, the White House simply reiterated Trump's concern with the nation's immigration system, but it didn't deny the "s**thole" question.
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