Trump offers denial amid ‘s…hole’ controversy

Trump offers denial amid ‘s…hole’ controversy

President Trump blamed Democrats for failing to support his health care bill. (Pool photo: Greg Clugston/SRN)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump claimed on Twitter Friday that he did not use a disparaging term to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African countries in a closed-door meeting in the Oval Office, one day after the White House declined to offer a formal denial.

On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that Trump pushed back against lawmakers’ efforts to offer protection to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries in a  meeting over a bipartisan immigration deal with four lawmakers.

“Why are we having all these people from s…hole countries come here?” Trump reportedly said, adding that the U.S. should bring in more immigrants from countries like Norway.

The Post states that Trump went on to ask “Why do we need more Haitians?” and urged lawmakers to “take them out.”

The details of the meeting, primarily the derogatory language, were confirmed by multiple other media outlets, including The New York Times, NBC News, CNN and Fox News.

The president’s comments came one day before the eighth anniversary of a 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti, killing 200,000 and devastating the island nation.

In initial statements, the White House did not deny that Trump used the term “s**thole.”

On Friday, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who was present for the meeting, said the president did, in fact, use the term.

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