GOP lawmakers 'do not recall' Trump's 'shithole' slur

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"And when I mentioned that fact to him, he said, 'Haitians?".

Altidor said he was "surprised" and "disappointed" by the statement, for which his government had yet to receive confirmation or explanation, adding that, "Once again, Haiti finds itself in the midst of very negative narrative here in the U.S".

While the president denies the wording of the comments, lawmakers who were inside the meeting insist he said them.

Independent president candidate and BYU graduate Evan McMullin harshly criticized Trump on Twitter.

Their statement came after the President tweeted Friday morning that the description of his remarks was not accurate.

"We have pity on (Trump) for his ignorance of what the Haitian people, the emancipated slaves, brought to humanity in terms of the experience and the determination to fight for freedom", said Gabriel Fortune, mayor of the southern city of Les Cayes. He did so after Mr. Trump tweeted a denial, saying that he used "tough" language but "not that language".

The Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro said the problem with Trump's remarks was that he used a curse word and that "he said it behind closed doors unlike Joe Biden, while Conservative pundit Ann Coulter said that "s***hole countries" should be given respect by being called "s***hole nations". "We respectfully decline the opportunity", one government official said when contacted by Reuters.

At the White House meeting Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham briefed the president on the newly drafted, bipartisan immigration bill. Plus, the White House has yet to officially deny the reports in a statement - and Hillary Clinton has plenty to say about it.

While Kalondo said the comments were "clearly" racist, she didn't believe they indicated a shift in the United States stance towards Africa.

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".

Espaillat says Trump's alleged remarks are in line with his previous behavior.

With Friday being the eight year anniversary of the catastrophic quake in Haiti, Jacques says it brings the conversation full circle - knowing many link those images of destruction and devastation, labeling the country, but he says it won't limit them. I want safety and security for our people. In exchange, Durbin said people would be allowed to stay in the US who fled here after disasters hit their homes in places including El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti.

Trump's comments came as Durbin was presenting details of the compromise plan that included providing $1.6 billion for a first installment of the president's long-sought border wall. Lindsey Graham, of SC, spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said. "Neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", she said. The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel. "I think we held our own as best we could".

"The president's physical exam today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center went exceptionally well", Dr. Ronnie Jackson, the president's physician, said in a statement.

"Instead, we're subjected to Trump's ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn't look like him". Kwame Raoul, whose parents are from Haiti, called the comments "offensive" and said "you can not apologize for this".