How lawmakers in immigration meeting responded to Trump's comments

How lawmakers in immigration meeting responded to Trump's comments

El Salvador's government has formally protested President Donald Trump's alleged remarks about immigrants from "s***hole countries" and demanded Washington's respect for its "noble and courageous people".

To Democrats and some historians, there is little dispute given Mr. Trump's own words and actions.

President Donald Trump offered a partial denial in public but privately defended his extraordinary remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries.

Those who did argued the comments were unvarnished statements on the economic blight in some regions of the world, not an expression of a racial preference.

Of course, numerous countries that Trump was talking about - the accounts are fuzzy, but reports suggest he was talking about sub-Saharan nations, and perhaps Haiti - really are basket-cases. President, are you a racist?' she asked in a second attempt. This is the time but, day by day, they are blowing the one great opportunity they have.

While Trump and his supports believe that he speaks for the "forgotten men and women" of America, many in his hometown are fuming.

The bipartisan immigration deal that Trump rejected includes a pathway to citizenship for the young immigrants in the USA illegally that would take up to 12 years, according to details of the agreement obtained Saturday by The Associated Press.

In Austin, a 28-year-old Haitian who said his temporary protected status expires in a week, said he was not surprised by Trump's comments.

"I don't think this will just blow over", said Peter Lewis, director of African Studies at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.

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Adonia Simpson, a program director with the nonprofit Americans for Immigrant Justice, said Trump's remarks had filled Miami's Haitian community with "a lot of disappointment, hurt and anger".

The White House has dismissed questions about Trump's mental fitness, calling them "disgraceful and laughable". "Do we need more Haitians?"

On Friday (local time) the President tweeted that his language was "tough" but insisted he did not say anything derogatory about Haiti aside from noting it's a poor country.

"The Trump a direct assault on the legacy of Dr. King", said the Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer, where King preached for the last eight years of his life.

We've heard on our Facebook page from people on both sides, many who say they find no issue with the President's statement and others who disagree.

Trump eventually denied that he singled out Haitians and rejecting reports that he told the group of lawmakers the U.S. should "take them out" of the deal.

"We do not recall the president saying these comments specifically", Perdue and Cotton said. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

He went on to talk about he witnessed in Haiti, stating the nation's people had "been through more, they've withstood more, they've fought back against more injustice than our President ever has".

Here's what five of the lawmakers who attended the meeting said afterward about the controversy.

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