WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — President Donald Trump said “this was not the language used” after reports that he questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from “s***hole countries” in a meeting.
Trump tweeted Friday amid uproar over his reported comments during a White House meeting Thursday while referring to immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean and Central America.
“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” the president said on Twitter. “What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!”
The president later tweeted: “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!”
The president’s alleged remarks came during an Oval Office meeting when lawmakers suggested bringing back legal protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as a part of a broader immigration deal, CBS News’ Nancy Cordes confirmed, citing a person briefed on the meeting.
Trump is being quoted as saying, “Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?” then suggesting the U.S. should take in more people from countries like Norway.
The Trump administration recently decided to soon end Temporary Protected Status for citizens of countries like Haiti and El Salvador, who came to the U.S. to escape natural disasters.
The White House has not denied the language and issued a statement.
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement. “The president will only accept an immigration deal that…