Republican senators say they don't recall vulgar Trump comment

Trump holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington U.S

Using vulgar language, Trump on Thursday questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway in rejecting a bipartisan immigration deal.

The president reportedly referred to African countries with a vulgarity during a meeting with bipartisan lawmakers on immigration.

After being presented with a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, Mr Trump reportedly demanded: "Why are we having all these people from sh**hole countries come here?" South Africa's governing party, the African National Congress, criticized the remarks. "Why don't we get more people from Norway?'"

On the streets of Lusaka, capital of the southern African country of Zambia, Trump's reported remark reinforced long-held views about the US leader.

Why should we accept any less from the President of the United States of America?

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"We were hoping for that, but the president is not prepared to do that at this moment", Durbin said.

He went on to talk about he witnessed in Haiti, stating the nation's people had "been through more, they've withstood more, they've fought back against more injustice than our President ever has".

Trump past year ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provided young immigrants with protection from deportation along with the ability to work legally in the United States. "I think it fundamentally poisons the relationship with numerous countries". He tweeted Friday that he used "tough" language but "not that language", which was being taken as a denial of the "sh*thole" comment, although Mr. Trump did not specifically reference that phrase in his denial. Robert Chiponda, a communications consultant in Lusaka, said he never took Trump seriously.

The Trump administration has spoken little about how it wants to engage with African countries, focusing its foreign policy instead on issues like North Korea and Islamic State. That's when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from 's***holes.' The exact word used by the President.

"If that comment is accurate, the comment is incredibly disappointing", Scott told the newspaper.

David Perdue (R-GA) - who, like Trump, have advocated for not only ending illegal immigration but also reducing legal immigration to raise Americans' wages - said in a joint statement that they "do not recall" the president making the statements.

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