'I never said sh*thole, though I did use tough language,' says Trump

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A Democratic senator who was in the room when President Trump reportedly made vile comments about "shithole countries" confirmed Friday that the commander-in-chief did, in fact, use the offensive language.

Yet, our billionaire president, born into wealth, wonders aloud: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" according to a Washington Post report citing two sources briefed on the meeting.

Trump criticised immigration to his country from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, by calling the group "shithole countries" at a meeting with Congress members at the White House on Thursday, according to USA media. While the president denies the wording of the comments, lawmakers who were inside the meeting insist he said them. He also reportedly suggested that the United States should bring in more people from countries like Norway.

He continued an hour later, tweeting, "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". A person familiar with talk at the meeting told CNN that Trump also said: "Why do we need more Haitians?"

El Salvador, also facing an end to protected status for its 200,000 citizens living in the United States, sent a formal letter of protest to the U.S. government over the comments.

Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue said they did not hear the president's racist remark. "It's not just one statement, all of the canny sorts of things his supporters are going to say about how you might possibly interpret the things he said yesterday don't matter because it's at the point where weave an aggregation of insights from this man".

"Part of what makes America so special is that we welcome the best and brightest in the world, regardless of their country of origin", Hatch added. The president insisted on Twitter Friday that he didn't use that language.

He said it was a necessary change, even though the United States had been linked to Grosvenor Square for more than 200 years.

"I'm bothered by what he said, but I don't think the entire America would agree with him", Charitable said.

- At a Martin Luther King Jr. proclamation signing on Friday, President Donald Trump ignored questions from a reporter asking if he is a racist.

Haiti said it was shocked by the reported remarks and summoned the top U.S. diplomat in the country, asking for an apology if the term had been used. His merit-based immigration plan is a slap in the face to a long history of the United States welcoming in people looking to increase their stature in life.

While there was some optimism a bipartisan deal was reached on protections for so-called "Dreamers", the White House said there's still no agreement.

Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House and after Trump and Mike Pence, the third-most powerful Republican. rebuked the president for the words calling them "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful".

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