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Americans stunned, disturbed over President’s ‘sh*thole’ remark

1/12/2018, 1:53 p.m.
Many Americans, notables and politicians were highly disturbed over...
Mia Love

Many Americans, notables and politicians were highly disturbed over comments President Donald Trump reportedly made in regards to some countries around the world, including nearby Haiti, allegedly referring to them as “sh*tholes.” Trump has denied the comment, but it’s been circulated around the world in the media and via social media as well. And there are Senators who have confirmed he made the remarks. He reportedly made the remark during a meeting regarding a bipartisan proposal regarding the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which he rejected. Also called the Dreamers act, the program was designed to protect children who were displaced by acts of nature or war. Trump, of course, went on the defensive on social media, going on Twitter to deny he said that and to rail against DACA. A source familiar with the DACA meeting told CNN’s Jake Tapper that the President did not refer to Haiti as a “shthole” country but Trump did ask why the U.S. needs more Haitians and pushed to “take them out” of the deal. In a separate part of the conversation about the diversity visa lottery, the source said, Trump referred to people coming from Africa as coming from “sh8thole countries.” Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, who was briefed by Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and a fellow GOP Senator who attended the meeting, confirmed that version of events to CNN. Durbin, a key negotiator in DACA talks, recounted the meeting on MSNBC Friday, saying, “He said, ‘'Haitians. Do we need more Haitians?’ Then he went on and started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure. That’s when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from ‘shtholes.’ The exact word used by the President. Not just once but repeatedly. That was the nature of this conversation.” Separately, Durbin told reporters he had not seen a single news report about the President’s words that was false. Politicians from both sides of the aisle strongly protested Trump’s language, with some calling it his “rock bottom.” Many demanded that Trump make an apology, including Sen. Mia Love, a Republican from Utah, and Tim Scott, also a Republican, who represents South Carolina. “The (President’s) comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation'’s values," Rep. Love, whose parents came to the U.S. from Haiti, said in a statement. “This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation.”