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Trump vulgarity debate has become an 's-show,' senator says

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush D-Illnois. Brian Jackson  Sun Times file U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush D-Illnois. Brian Jackson Sun Times file
Nellie Chapman | 19 January, 2018, 01:54

The White House has not denied that Trump said "s-thole" though Trump has already pushed back on some depictions of the meeting. Trump said Sunday: "I'm not a racist".

"The most disheartening thing to me is my belief that that was the first time words that hateful have been spoken in the Oval Office of the White House".

Similar sentiments were expressed at marches in NY and Los Angeles while a small group of demonstrators waving Haitian flags faced off with Trump supporters in West Palm Beach.

Nielsen says the conversation was impassioned and the president was using tough language.

"Confusing?" That's a good description of the president's latest flip-flop during negotiations on a proposed bipartisan immigration deal.

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has been withdrawing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from a number of nationalities now living in the country.

And more than half - 54% - said it was appropriate for the media to repeat Trump's language.

The "President has the right to make whatever remarks he wants and we respect the President", Goldstein said, but he noted that diplomats had been instructed to "reaffirm that the USA remains committed to its relationships with these countries and cares deeply about their people".

"These are evil days when the President of the United States doesn't seem to understand that Africa is a continent, not a state and he refers to countries such as Nigeria and Haiti and El Salvador as, y'all know that word. That's their choice", Durbin said.

Who backed up the claims?

Regan said the original vulgar comment from Trump was not meant for public consumption, but Democrats are "using everything they can to go after him".

He also posted another tweet denying he had insulted Haitians, accusing Democrats of making it up.

Now President Trump, who campaigned heavily on immigration fears, has to dance a delicate foxtrot between the demands of his hyper-conservative political base and his need to win enough Democratic votes to pass a bipartisan immigration deal.

"I think he is a racist", he said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

"Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting", Trump tweeted Monday, using a nickname to needle the IL senator.

The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria said on Friday that the U.S. commitment to Africa's "continued growth and success is unwavering". Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator, described the reports as "basically accurate".

Maurice Watson, pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Largo, called the reported remark "dehumanizing" and "ugly" and said "whoever made such a statement ... is wrong and they ought to be held accountable".

Likely Republican Senate candidate Mitt Romney also took a swipe at Mr Trump, saying that the sentiment attributed to the President is "inconsistent w/ America's history and antithetical to American values".

The Republican has said the comments "weren't made" and that he's not a racist.

What has the reaction been? .

"I am telling you that he did not use that word".

"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes" whose entire populations are not white and, therefore, not welcome", he told reporters at a news briefing in Geneva.

In the days leading up to the United States holiday celebrating Dr King on Monday, Mr Trump has faced severe worldwide condemnation for his alleged comments and has been forced to battle fresh accusations he is racist.

Certain Republicans have rallied behind Trump, casting doubt on what he said at the meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers.