Trump's Disparaging Remarks Bring Some Miami Haitians to Tears

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Trump's Disparaging Remarks Bring Some Miami Haitians to Tears

Trump denied making the disparaging remarks on Friday, although U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, who was in the White House meeting, said the president had used the term.

The only Democrat in attendance said Trump used that exact phrase repeatedly; but two Republican senators said they "did not recall the president saying these comments specifically".

President Donald Trump said Sunday that a program that shields young people brought to the United States illegally from deportation is "probably dead", blaming Democrats for it.

The president has said any deal must include funding for the wall as well as changes to make the immigration system a more merit-based structure.

An alleged description of African and other countries as "shitholes" by Donald Trump prompted outrage on Friday, even as the U.S. president appeared to deny having used the specific term.

Last February, the president said during a press conference at the White House that he was "the least anti-Semitic person you've ever seen in your entire life".

Senator Dick Durbin issued a withering rebuke to denials by President Trump that he called Haiti, El Salvador, and certain African countries "shithole countries".

Trump stands accused of using "s-thole" to describe African countries during an immigration meeting with a bipartisan group of six senators.

Durbin and people who were briefed on the conversation but were not authorized to describe it publicly said Trump also questioned the need to admit more Haitians.

Trump addressed the issue briefly as he arrived for dinner at his private golf club with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.

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"It's the opposite of what I campaigned for", Trump told Reuters in an interview. "I don't know if there is going to be a shutdown", he said. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

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Trump insisted afterward in a tweet that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

He said the bill was a step backwards because it would force the United States "to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly".

President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that Democrats don't really want DACA and they want to "take desperately needed money away from our Military".

"I am stunned that this is their defense", he told WBEZ.

Says Trump: "We can not let our military be hurt".

But in another tweet on Friday the president denied that he insulted Haitians.

The comments were "clearly" racist, Kalondo said, but stressed the US was "much stronger than the sum total of one man".

She also appeared to rebut Trump's remarks from earlier in the day, with talks ongoing.

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