Trump denies derogatory comments about Haitians

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US President Donald Trump on Friday denied using derogatory language to describe Haiti and African nations during a White House meeting with bipartisan lawmakers on immigration.

Some media outlets also reported that Trump said in reference to Haitians, “take them out.”

In a tweet, he insisted that he “never said anything derogatory about Haitians.”

The tweet said: “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!”

A senator present at a White House immigration meeting said Trump used vulgar language to describe African countries, Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, on Friday told reporters that Trump questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and that he referenced "shithole countries" in Africa.

Durbin added, “When the question was asked about Haitians ... he said, ‘Hatians? Do we need more Hatians?’”

Trump, on the other hand, said on Twitter on Friday that his language during the meeting was “tough,” but “this was not the language used.”

The US government’s Africa Media Hub, without directly referring to Trump’s statement, the tweeted that “US remains committed to working together w/Africans to realize the promise of a more peaceful, more productive, more prosperous 21st century Africa. US deeply respects the people of #Africa & values its partnerships with them.”

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