Durbin asserts Trump said 'shithole countries,' disputing Republicans' account

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Durbin stood by his assertion that Trump used vulgar language to describe people from African countries in a White House meeting last week.

Trump's comments were "shocking and shameful" and "I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist", said a spokesman for the United Nations human rights office, Rupert Colville.

Trump posted on Monday.Durbin, the only Democrat at a White House meeting last Thursday about immigration, said Trump asked why the USA continues to accept immigrants from "s-thole countries", referring to Africa, Haiti and El Salvador.The Illinois Democrat confirmed the comments on Friday after the Washington Post first reported them.Trump "said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist", Durbin told reporters.

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

The secretary of the Homeland Security Department testified under oath Tuesday that she "did not hear" President Donald Trump use a certain vulgarity to describe African countries.

"Someone, I think I know who, decided that they would bring in five members of Congress, two Senators and three House members, who generally oppose all immigration reform" to participate in the briefing with Graham, Durbin said. The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel.

Trump reportedly asked lawmakers in a bipartisan meeting on immigration reform Thursday why the US needs more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" like those in Africa.

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The U.S. Congressional Black Caucus said, "President Trump's comments are yet another confirmation of his racially insensitive and ignorant views". Yeah, right. Trump's all for immigration, isn't he? On Capitol Hill, Democrats and some Republicans denounced Trump's remark as they've tried to reach a deal on immigration, which could be essential to avoiding a government shutdown later this week.

Trump insisted in a tweet Friday that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

Last week, the African Union expressed their "shock, dismay and outrage" at the "clearly racist" comments.

Trump has himself denied having used that word but has admitted using "tough" language in the meeting.

One participant at the meeting on Sunday denied that Mr Trump used the term and another said he did not recall Mr Trump making such comments.

Several senior Republican lawmakers at the meeting appeared on the Sunday shows to back up Trump.

A CBS News poll released Sunday found that 70 percent of Americans are in favor of DACA and even among Trump's supporters, a slim majority also support the program.

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