After the backlash over President Trump's reported quote about "shithole countries", American Urban Radio Networks reporter and CNN contributor April Ryan pointedly asked him on Friday: "Are you a racist?".
When Trump heard that Haitians were among those who would benefit from the proposed deal, he asked whether they could be left out of the plan, asking, "Why do we want people from Haiti here?" Trump said, "We should have more people from Norway", according to one source briefed on the conversation.
'I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.
The President has since denied the comments; however, following Trump's denial, Sen. "I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but "racist".
Trump tweeted Friday morning that he used "really tough" language but "this was not the language used". In the first tweet, Trump claimed "this was not the language used", instead slamming the "outlandish proposal", but it's unclear whether he's specifically denying the use of the word "sh*thole".
"We're not going to take it from Mr. Trump". It's incumbent on everyone as global citizens, he said, to challenge the president's views on countries outside the USA, especially those that are poor in and need. Trump used the words "repeatedly", the senator said.
Sen. Durbin said: 'In the course of his comments said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist.
Why would people from Norway immigrate to the United States?
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"I will be signing", he said in a Cabinet Room meeting Tuesday.
Trump earned national political prominence by promoting the falsehood that Barack Obama, America's first African-American president, was not born in the United States.
Labossiere was among Haitians and Africans in the Bay Area and around the world who swiftly called Trump out for his comments, calling them blatantly racist.
"Many African arrived in the United States as slaves", spokesman Ebba Kalondo said.
United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva that Trump's comments were "shocking and shameful".
"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best", he said. I want safety and security for our people.
Instead, Trump had also invited some of Congress' hard-line opponents of the bipartisan agreement being put together by the six-member working group led by Durbin and Graham.
"Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation", White House spokesman Raj Shah said.
Colville also expressed concern for previous remarks by Trump that had what he called racial undertones, including campaign events in which the then-candidate had called Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, and Trump's response a year ago to a white supremacist march saying that "both sides" deserved blame.