Espaillat immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic, located next to Haiti on the island of Hispaniola.
Trump reportedly said, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" during a discussion on extending protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.
Mr Trump said on Friday that he was only expressing what many people think but won't say about immigrants from economically depressed countries, said the source. If the Republican leadership has a better alternative, bring it forward. Those who did speak out argued the comments were merely unvarnished statements on the economic blight in some regions of the world, not an expression of racial preference. "Why don't we get more people from Norway?"
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".
The Associated Press might quote someone calling another a racist, "but would not make the accusation on our own absent incontestable proof", said John Daniszewski, the AP's vice president for standards.
"Trump has always been a racist, only a racist can use such foul language", said Nancy Mulenga, a student at the University of Zambia.
Trump also opposes the current deal because it would only restrict family-based immigration (in which current immigrant citizens or permanent residents sponsor relatives for entry) for the parents of the dreamers and some others, whereas Trump wants much greater reductions in family-based immigration.
Retired Ethiopian long-distance runner Haile Gebrselasse, who won his first 10,000 Olympic gold medal in the United States city of Atlanta in 1996, told Reuters Trump's comments did not reflect the views of all Americans. He aggressively pushed for the death penalty for a group of black and Latino teenagers who were accused of raping a white woman in Central Park but later exonerated.
"We, along with the president, are committed to solving an issue many in Congress have failed to deliver on for decades", the statement said. "I think President Trump is racially ignorant and racially uninformed".
In Twitter posts Friday, Trump charged that Democrats had fabricated parts of the exchange even as he defended the sentiment that prompted them.
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El Salvador's foreign ministry said the United States president had "implicitly" accepted the use of "harsh terms detrimental to the dignity of El Salvador and other countries".
"Casual Friday at the White House is soon to include hoods and tiki torches at this rate", South African media outlet Daily Maverick wrote.
Senator Perdue was among 3 Republicans in the bipartisan meeting with at the White House with President Trump and 3 Democrats to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and other immigration issues.
Two of the Republican lawmakers who participated in the meeting, Sens. And I told him we had an agreement and I wanted to present it to him.
Trump's political allies have been through this dance before, grappling with how to position themselves after a president whose supporters they covet stakes out controversial positions.
At an event in Wisconsin on Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan described Trump's comments as "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful". Paris Dennard, a senior director of strategic communications at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, said Trump "understands this community".
But the participants pointedly did not address Trump's vulgar comments. The answer is this racist outburst of the president.
"I'm not the only one that does not remember that being said".
Trump's comments in front of more than half a dozen lawmakers also extended to immigrants from Haiti, and were followed by a day in which members of Congress denounced him, defended him or stayed silent.