Trump tweets about DACA amid controversy over vulgarity

Protestors supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals outside the White House.   Carolyn Kaster    
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The president called for a merit-based system for accepting immigrants and the elimination of the current Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which was enacted 27 years ago, when Sayfullo Saipov of Uzbekistan ran down and killed eight people on a bike path in New York City in November.

In addition, the president singled out Haiti, telling lawmakers that immigrants from that country must be left out of any deal, these people said. As is the custom for most presidents, Trump is not expected to participate, but she does hope he will observe the holiday.

And in an irony that could quite possibly end all future ironies, Clinton used the 8 year anniversary of the tragic natural disaster that devastated the island nation in 2010 to frame her remarks. Richard Durbin of IL, the lone Democrat present in the Oval Office at the time, said Trump's denial was false and the president had said things that were "hate-filled, vile and racist".

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said in a statement that "respect for the God-given dignity of every human being, no matter their race, ethnicity or other circumstances of their birth, is the essence of American patriotism". None of whom, apparently in the eyes of the White House, are people who trace their ancestry to Africa, Haiti or El Salvador, which also was part of the immigration policy discussion.

"The so-called bipartisan Daca deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards", he said referring to the deferred action on childhood arrivals Bill that aims to give protection to "dreamers", undocumented immigrants who arrived to the United States as children. This week we are from a sh*thole country. "We are an America that is the land of the free and the home of the courageous". Trump allegedly said, according to The Post.

"We all need to stop pretending that there are no consequences when the most powerful person in the world espouses racist views and gives a wink and a nod to the darkest elements in our society", she said.

"I have come to expect this degree of vulgar bigotry from the man who sits in the Oval Office", said the activist politician, who represents the 45th Council District in Brooklyn.

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Mr Trump spoke during an Oval Office meeting on the eve of the anniversary of the 2010 quake, one of the deadliest disasters in modern history.

Anthony Scaramucci, whose brief tenure as White House communications director ended shortly after his expletive-filled comments about his administration colleagues appeared in The New Yorker, said Trump "is not a racist".

Critics in the USA and overseas noted that Trump's sentiment cut against the idea of the United States as a nation of immigrants and the foundational view that the content of person's character is more important than their origin or the color of their skin.

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump insisted in early tweets Friday, pushing back on some depictions of the meeting.

President Trump asked a group of lawmakers why the USA would protect immigrants from "s-hole countries" as they debated the parameters of immigration legislation, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. "It is not true". The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel.

The statement, issued late Friday after the African ambassadors held an emergency meeting, comes amid an global outcry over Trump reportedly saying he'd rather have more immigrants from Norway and fewer from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa. "If he's walking around with white supremacists and supporting them, this kind of talk doesn't surprise me". The White House team of doctors did not indicate what tests they performed during the exam or whether Mr Trump, 71, was taking medications.

When asked if he believes Trump is racist, former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said, "At this point, the evidence is incontrovertible; it's right there".

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