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After reported “sh*thole nations” remark, Trump denies “language used”

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Up to date Jan 12, 2018 9:47 AM EST

President Trump issued a denial Friday in regards to the language he utilized in an Oval Workplace assembly the place he reportedly described Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “sh*thole nations.” The White Home assembly on immigration included a bipartisan group of senators.

Mr. Trump tweeted that he used “robust” language however “not that language.” Though it’s being taken as a denial of the “sh*thole” remark, Mr. Trump didn’t particularly reference that phrase in his denial.

In Chicago, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, advised reporters the president’s denial wasn’t true.

“It isn’t true,” mentioned Durbin, who was one of many lawmakers on the Oval Workplace assembly. “He mentioned these hate-filled issues. And he mentioned them repeatedly.”

After The Washington Submit first reported Mr. Trump’s remarks, later confirmed by CBS Information’ Nancy Cordes, the White Home didn’t deny the remark in an announcement.

“Why are we having all these folks from sh*thole nations come right here?” the president mentioned within the Oval Workplace assembly with a handful of members of the Home and Senate. “We should always carry in additional folks from locations like Norway,” he added.

This got here after Norway’s prime minister had visited the White Home Wednesday. The Trump administration just lately determined to quickly finish Non permanent Protected Standing for residents of nations like Haiti and El Salvador, who got here to the U.S. to flee pure disasters.

In response to the report, White Home spokesman Raj Shah didn’t deny Mr. Trump’s remark.

“Sure Washington politicians select to combat for overseas nations, however President Trump will all the time combat for the American folks,” White Home spokesman Raj Shah mentioned in an announcement. “The president will solely settle for an immigration deal that adequately addresses the visa lottery system and chain migration – two packages that harm our economic system and permit terrorists into our nation.  Like different nations which have merit-based immigration, President Trump is preventing for everlasting options that make our nation stronger by welcoming those that can contribute to our society, develop our economic system and assimilate into our nice nation. He’ll all the time reject momentary, weak and harmful stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking People, and undercut immigrants who search a greater life in america by a authorized pathway.”

CBS Information’ Alan He contributed reporting to this text.

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