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Trump attacks protections for immigrants from 'shithole' countries

Trump attacks protections for immigrants from 'shithole' countries

Sen. Durbin was the only Democrat in the room at the time.

In Haiti, on the eighth anniversary of a devastating quake that killed about 220,000 people, the government also summoned the top US diplomat for an explanation, while the Haitian ambassador to Washington called for an apology.

"Honestly I don't think the Democrats want to make a deal", Trump said. The difference is said to be the basis for Cotton and Perdue to deny the president said what Durbin claimed.

Attendees were taken aback by his vulgar wording, according to two people briefed on the meeting who spoke to the Post. "I stand behind every word that I said in terms of that meeting", Durbin said about the president's remarks.

Namibia's foreign ministry meanwhile said Trump's language was "contrary to the norms of civility and human progress" and ignored Africans' contributions in the United States.

The reverberations kept coming Monday.

Spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement: "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people".

He added, "We got to find a way to work on this man's heart".

The president finally addressed the disparaging remarks in person as he was headed to dinner at his golf club in West Palm Beach with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted, for example, that journalists "from now on, when referring to Trump, must use the word "racist" as a factual description of him".

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A confidant of Trump told The Associated Press that the president spent Thursday evening calling friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to his remarks.

"I think this man, this president, is taking us back to another place", John Lewis, a Georgia congressman who was on the front lines of the 1960s civil rights movement, said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

"It sounds like fake news to me", Somali Information Minister Abdirahman Omar Osman said by phone from Mogadishu. "They took responsibility. They made a mistake". Former Fox anchor Bill O'Reilly wrote that the "Trump-loathing media" is dancing in the streets over his words.

The contentious comments came as Durbin was presenting details of a compromise immigration plan that had money for a first installment of the president's long-sought border wall.

The exam came after a new best-selling book portrayed Trump, 71, as unfocused and childlike.

"Why do we need more Haitians?"

"Our country is a nation of immigrants, and we should appreciate and value what each person brings to this country", he said.

"In the spirit of the people of Haiti we feel in the statements, if they were made, the president was either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people", he said in a statement.

A number of African countries have summoned US Ambassadors in their respective nations to explain what Mr Trump meant by the statement.