No one who has paid even casual attention to Donald Trump could claim real surprise when he reportedly told a bipartisan congressional delegation that he was exhausted of immigrants from "shithole countries" such as Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations and yearned for more from countries like Norway. He assaults women, has said racist things from the beginning, but now he has to apologize?
"They never took a thing from our federal government". This diversity is what makes our country great and something all citizens should be proud of.
They don't deserve to be here, not because of who they are as individuals, what they have done or what they aspire to do, but just because of where they were born. "The president should not denigrate other countries". Richard Durbin of IL, the lone Democrat present in the Oval Office at the time, said Trump's denial was false and the president had said things that were "hate-filled, vile and racist". The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel.
"If that's not racism, I don't know how you can define it", Florida representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican, told WPLG-TV in Miami. "Bottom line, all people ought to be treated with respect".
"The president is in excellent health", Jackson added after the exam was conducted near Washington.
"America's birth was far from flawless", said Tillerson, recalling the country's troubled past from its founding, through the civil war, the suffrage movement and the civil rights movement, "and we're still not ideal, but we've never lost sight of aspirational values".
"That's not something I want to talk about", former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said. That is not the kind of statement the leader of the free world ought to make, and he ought to be ashamed of himself.
Trump "has taken our issues off the back burner and thrust them into the spotlight", said Roy Beck, executive director at Numbers USA, which argues for reducing immigration to midcentury levels, before passage of the 1965 immigration overhaul ushered in a new era of migrants. "You have nations watching".
Lawmakers expressed disappointment and disgust, with one declaring the comments counter to the very "essence of American patriotism".
Brewster said as ambassador he "worked to pull together those who saw people of color as something other than their equal".
"It is not as if the United States doesn't have difficulties".
"The president has done as much as we hoped for", he said.
The exchange was "salty" on all sides, this person said, with the president growing profane and animated while discussing immigrants from other countries.
It is a view of America that was embraced by some large numbers of voters, who cheered Trump's vision of a fortress America, where dark-skinned immigrants were kept out by a great wall.
King's son, Martin Luther King III, met with Trump on the last King holiday, four days before Trump took office. "I am disappointed and suggest we move quickly to resolve the status of the Dreamers in a way that truly reflects our values".
"I planned to hold my two daughters a little bit tighter tonight, especially my youngest who was the baby I kept in my arms to keep myself from curling up in a fetal position each time I saw a child being pulled from under a school or house on my television screen".
Many Africans reminded the U.S. of its historic role in the continent's woes. "The President must apologize to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned". "So I regret it". He said he would favor "doing DACA first" before moving to "comprehensive immigration reform", and touted the virtue of a "path" to citizenship for undocumented workers.
In an interview with NPR, Haiti's ambassador to the US, Paul Altidor, said he was "surprised and disappointed" in Trump's remarks.
Beyond the words themselves, however the president put them, is his strongly implied support for an immigration policy that is based on racial stereotypes, and that penalizes individuals for where they are from, not who they are.
Then there are what the president called "shithole countries" - Haiti and all the nations of Africa - whose people (overwhelmingly black and brown) the president doesn't think belong here.
The mounting total is a policy reversal for Republicans, who until recently insisted that welcoming new arrivals was vital not just to the fabric of American life but in boosting the domestic economy.
Trump has since denied his comments, saying, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". The proposal Graham and Durbin brought included restrictions on what conservatives call chain migration but only for relatives of DACA recipients. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) at the meeting. "I will not be diverted from all possible efforts to continue negotiating to stop the deportations".
Sen. John Thune, S.D.
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