Trump defends vulgar remarks while partly denying them

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Trump defends vulgar remarks while partly denying them

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U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during a prison reform roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the White House January 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.

President Trump is reported to have called African countries and Haiti "shithole countries" while discussing immigration with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House.

A senator present at a White House immigration meeting says President Donald Trump used vulgar language to describe African countries, saying he "said these hate filled things and he said them repeatedly". Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of IL, who was present at the meeting, said the reports were accurate and that "shithole was the exact word used once not twice but repeatedly".

The US is working on changes to its immigration system, with both Republican and Democrat senators suggesting cutting the visa lottery program by 50 per cent and prioritising countries already in the system.

"We sent guidance to our folks and told them that we must reiterate that we have great respect for the people of Africa and all nations, and our commitment remains strong", he said. He also mentioned Africa and asked why more people from "s***hole countries" should be allowed into the USA, the sources said. "Ours is not a shithole country, neither is Haiti or any other country in distress, " said Jesse Duarte, the ANC's Deputy Secretary-General.

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"President Trump's comments are yet another confirmation of his racially insensitive and ignorant views".

Just before Christmas, a New York Times report emerged alleging that Trump had said people from Haiti "all have AIDS", that Nigerians all live in huts and that Afghanistan is full of terrorists.

Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, on Friday told reporters that Trump questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and that he referenced "shithole countries" in Africa.

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"We have been working for four months and have reached an agreement in principle" that addresses the main policies Trump sought, they said. Those affected have until 2019 to leave the US or, if eligible, seek alternative immigration status.

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