Members of the U.S. House as well as Senate flooded Twitter to condemn President Donald Trump’s reported description of some developing nations as “s—hole countries” at a White House meeting on immigration Thursday.
Trump was meeting having a bipartisan group of lawmakers to hash out a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The six senators in attendance announced which a deal in principle had been reached, before reports of Trump’s profane comments surfaced.
The Washington Post reported which Trump also asked “Why do we need more Haitians?” as well as suggested the U.S. should “take them out.”
Trump responded fiercely in a series of tweets Friday morning, appearing to deny the reports while simultaneously rejecting the DACA deal which was announced the day before. The White House did not immediately respond to a request to clarify the president’s tweets.
Politicians by both parties were quick to respond to the president’s reported comments by the meeting. One of the first statements came by Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah, who herself is usually Haitian-American.
“The President’ comments today are unkind, divisive, elitist as well as fly within the face of our nation’s values,” Love tweeted. She demanded which Trump should apologize to the U.S. as well as “the nations he so wantonly maligned.”
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Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., called Trump’s derisive comments “completely inappropriate.” Minnesota has cultivated a reputation for its openness to immigrants as well as refugees during the Syrian refugee crisis in recent years.
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Even GOP representatives by swing states, such as Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., voiced their opposition to the president’s words.
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Some GOP responses, however, were more circumspect. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio focused less on Trump’s vulgar words than on their policy implications.
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as well as Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said he looked forward “to getting a more detailed explanation” regarding Trump’s “s—hole” comments.
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Democrats, on the additional hand, excoriated Trump in blistering terms for his remarks — several them accusing him of racism.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., admonished the president not to “judge people based on the coloration of their skin” in a CNN interview.
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The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., said the reports “are further proof which his Make America Great Again Agenda is usually actually a Make America White Again agenda.”
California Rep. Karen Bass said Trump is usually “unable to see people of coloration, American or otherwise, as equals.”
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On Friday morning, Trump sent a series of tweets addressing the proposed DACA deal as well as the specific off-coloration remarks he reportedly said.
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