Trump's disparaging remarks bring some Miami Haitians to tears

Trump's disparaging remarks bring some Miami Haitians to tears

Governor Rick Scott, an early and staunch Trump supporter, is distancing himself from the president-issuing a statement that says "If this report is true, it is absolutely wrong to say or think this".

Pierre Labossiere was aghast when, during immigration discussions in the Oval Office Thursday, President Donald Trump questioned why the US should admit immigrants from Haiti and Africa, calling them "shithole countries". "Neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", she said.

While the White House did not deny the controversial remarks, Trump tweeted on Friday that he never said "anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

The immigration law reforms - offered by a group of Republican and Democratic senators - include a proposal to let immigrant adults brought to the United States as children stay. "If that's not a mark of white supremacy, I don't know what is", reads another tweet. Mr Trump asked, after being presented with a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from those countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal.

Greg Valliere, chief strategist at Horizon Investments, said the comments were detrimental given the already fractured discussions, since Democrats can block any spending agreement and Trump's comments solidify their stance on immigration.

In Geneva, UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said: "These are shocking and shameful comments".

One woman he interviewed said she might consider trying the American dream: "If they get a new president". Democrats are fighting for the continuation of DACA, which Mr. Trump wants to end.

On Friday morning, Trump tweeted that he used "tough" language at the meeting, but not the reported vulgarity.

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

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Trump used the word "shithole" during a meeting on immigration reform to refer to African countries and Haiti. "Sorry, but there is no other word one can use but ´racist´", Rupert Colville, spokesman for the United Nations human rights office, told reporters in Geneva. Dr. Rodney Charitable is a design engineer in the defense industry and a Haitian immigrant who said the portrayal of his country is offensive.

Like Trump, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida is a member of the Republican Party.

"It is incomprehensible that these words came out of the mouth of the president of the United States of America, a country that was founded on being free from discrimination", said Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican congresswoman. The largest group is El Salvador and the second is Honduran and the third is Haitian, and when I mentioned that fact to him, he said, 'Haitians?