Bill Clinton on 's---hole' comment: The countries described 'do not exist'

Bill Clinton on 's---hole' comment: The countries described 'do not exist'

Trump during the session with members of Congress reportedly questioned why the USA should accept more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa instead of from nations such as Norway.

While not supporting it outright, Murphy and Blumenthal had positive things to say about the Durbin-Graham compromise.

Trump said Durbin and Graham - two seasoned lawmakers - should come to the White House for a meeting at noon.

"I was not in the meeting with the President and do not know what was said, although (I) have every reason to believe President Trump when he says he did not make those comments".

Sens. Jeff Flake R-Ariz. and Dick Durbin D-Ill.

'I appreciate Senator Durbin's statements and have enjoyed working with him and many others on this important issue.

Trump is reacting on Twitter Friday, after reports that he questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway. Never said "take them out".

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In 2015, there were 676,000 Haitian immigrants in the United States, up from 587,000 in 2010, accounting for less than 2 percent of the USA foreign-born population, according to the Washington based Migration Policy Institute.

"I want to take a moment to talk about Haiti, one of the places the President of the United States called a "sh**hole country", Mr Cooper started his speech live on air. "He used those words", Durbin said. Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer infamously told her to stop shaking her head in a press briefing past year when she seemed unimpressed with his answer about how the White House was going to improve its image.

The White House did not originally deny Trump made the "shitholes" comment, but the president himself tweeted Friday morning that "this was not the language used". "Whether he did or not, I have personally been to those places and found them to be handsome and exciting".

And while he didn't specifically say Trump made the racist comments, he didn't deny Trump made them, saying instead he told the president what he thought of the remarks. Multiple senators of both parties confirmed or suggested Friday that Trump used those words.

Trump's contemptuous blanket description of African countries startled lawmakers in the meeting and immediately revived charges that the president is racist.

Haiti's ambassador to Washington, Paul Altidor, said it was distressing that attention was drawn to the comments on Friday, the eighth anniversary and day of remembrance for about 220,000 people killed on the island by a devastating natural disaster.

The White House meeting was held to discuss a proposed bipartisan deal that would limit immigrants from bringing family members into the country, and restrict the green card visa lottery in exchange for shielding hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. Major American media figures have called the comments racist.