After signing a proclamation on Friday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who hailed Trump as a great president after passage of the tax cut, Tweeted Thursday: 'I look forward to getting a more detailed explanation regarding the President's comments.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said a bipartisan Senate immigration plan would force the United States to admit people from "high crime" countries "doing badly", and denied using a vulgar reference in comments decried as racist. Friday morning, (Jan. 12) Trump took to Twitter to refute the post's story and allege the language he used in reference to the bipartisan pitch was tough, but not what's being quoted. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" the president tweeted.
Senator Dick Durbin claimed the president said "things which were hate-filled, vile and racist". The president denied the report on Friday, but not before lawmakers and staffers in the room confirmed that President Trump, did, indeed, think out loud, "Why do we want all these people from Africa here?"
The UN refugee agency spokesman William Spindler said that "people forced to flee war or persecution and needing asylum should be given protection by whichever country they are in, irrespective of race, religion, ethnicity or place or country of origin". "Made up by Dems", Trump wrote. He went on to say that he had "a wonderful relationship with Haitians". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" he said. "He's president of the United States".
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 USA illegally as children - from deportation. Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers.
South Africa's Daily Maverick mused that, "Casual Friday at the White House is soon to include hoods and tiki torches at this rate".
The comments were in response to a suggestion that the United States allow in immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and some African countries.
The president was referring to African countries and Haiti, and then suggested the U.S. should welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose prime minister met with Trump on Wednesday.
Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt had earlier tweeted that, judging by Solberg's visit, "keys to success with Trump are personal charm, a solid trade deficit with the U.S. and buying tons of United States military hardware".
The African Union said in its statement that while it condemn Trump's remark, maintaining a dialogue with the president was necessary to help him better understand their continent.