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Trump calls Haiti, African nations as 'shithole' countries

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has expressed frustration over efforts of some US lawmakers to protect immigrants from and African countries, asking why should accept citizens from "shithole" countries, triggering an international furor over the remarks. Trump, however, denied using the derogatory remarks during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform, but admitted he used "tough" language in that meeting. Trump, in a series of tweets, defended his immigration stance and claimed that the remarks attributed to him were not accurate. Trump yesterday senators and congressmen and pushed for immigrants from certain Asian countries who help economically. "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Trump was quoted by multiple media reports. The was referring to African countries and Haiti, and then suggested the US should welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose with Trump on Wednesday. His comments, which has been slammed by Democratic lawmakers, was first reported by The New York Times later reported the same comment. Trump today rejected reports that he told lawmakers that the US should block immigrants from "shithole" countries. "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used," Trump tweeted. The did not deny his remark but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome those who can contribute to our society. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme shields from deportation nearly 800,000 immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. Trump, according to a official, also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt they help the US economically, The report said. "Sadly, Democrats want to stop paying our troops and government workers in order to give a sweetheart deal, not a fair deal, for DACA. Take care of our Military, and our Country, FIRST! Trump said in another tweet. Trump has been calling for merit-based immigration, of which people from countries like could be a major beneficiary. "I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level. I want safety and security for our people. I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs, said the US president, criticising the proposed bipartisan deal. "I want to fund our military, not do a Dem defund because of the Democrats not being interested in life and safety, DACA has now taken a big step backwards. The Dems will threaten 'shutdown,' but what they are really doing is shutting down our military, at a time we need it most.

Get smart, MAKE GREAT AGAIN!" Trump said. The and several Democratic lawmakers slammed Trump for his comments and described them as racist. The said that Trump's description of African nations as "shithole countries" was upsetting. "Trump's comments are racist and a disgrace. They do not reflect our nations values. Immigrants from throughout the world of all races, nationalities, and religions have built this country and are contributing today to its improvement," "These comments clearly reflect the President's true feelings on immigrants and make it extremely doubtful that he will work in an honest, decent way that reflects best values on legislation to protect DREAMers," Hoyer said. "As an American, I am ashamed of the His comments are disappointing, unbelievable, but not surprising. We always knew that Trump doesnt like people from certain countries or people or certain colors," alleged Democratic Congressman "Language like that shouldn't be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn't be heard in the White House," said Congresswoman In a statement, Shah said the will only accept an immigration deal that adequately addresses the visa lottery system and chain migration two programs that hurt American economy and allow terrorists into the country. "Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation," Shah said. "He will always reject temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the through a legal pathway," Shah said in response to a question. Earlier in the day, in an interview to The Wall Street Journal, Trump asserted that he will not accept any immigration deal that does not hasa provision to build a wall along the border. "We have to have a wall. We don't have a wall, we are not doing the deal," he reiterated. Trump, who has had a series of meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform over the past several days, said he has a good chance to make a deal.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 20:45 IST
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