Who's being protected by bowdlerizing Trump's 'shithole' comment?

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Trump was meeting with lawmakers in a bid to gain bipartisan support for an immigration deal that would possibly restore TPS for countries - including Haiti - where it's been removed, according to The Washington Post.

In a later tweet, Trump focused on remarks attributed to him about Haiti, saying: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

Trump is demanding an end to the diversity visa lottery, which to people from countries that send comparatively few immigrants to the US, many of them in Africa.

"My colleague, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said". Trump's use of the word fulfills both criteria - so Gambitused it in an online headline, as did The New Orleans Advocate (though it later was changed to "s--hole", the same choice made by NOLA.com). That, too, because recent immigrants are more likely to come from Asian or Latin American countries.

"President 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 in a statement.

"Today, as you doubtless heard, during immigration talks", he said, "President Trump said something that nearly every single person in America actually agrees with - an terrible lot of immigrants come to this country from other places that aren't very nice".

She also believes Trump calling for more Norwegians in place of Haitian, African, and Central-American immigrants is a display of racism. In exchange, Durbin said people would be allowed to stay in the USA who fled here after disasters hit their homes in places including El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti.

The Washington Post reported that he singled out Haitians, asking: "Why do we need more Haitians?" While some congressional Republicans from NY unequivocally criticized Trump, others have taken his vague semi-denials at face value. Diversity has always been our strength, not our weakness.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, who was in the meeting, disputed the president account.

Biden weighed in after the president on Twitter denied making the comment as reported, although Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of IL directly contradicted him.

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"President Donald Trump is absolutely right", says Mamady Traore, a 30-year-old sociologist in the West African nation of Guinea. "I think it fundamentally poisons the relationship with numerous countries".

"Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?"

Haitians lost their lives.

"This is how the forgotten men and women in America talk at the bar", said Fox News commentator and perpetual disappointment to his parents Jesse Watters. But I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.

It can be hard to extract concrete policy proposals out of the president's off-the-cuff remarks, so we'll leave that task to his loyal translators.

"To squander that goodwill certainly means many difficulties in terms of pursuing trade, in terms of doing business comfortably, in terms of counter terrorism, security cooperation", Lewis said.

Haiti's Ambassador to the USA, has also formally summoned an American official to explain the president's comments and said the government "vehemently" condemned them, NBC News contributor Yamiche Alcindor.

Jeffress said Trump got the "sentiment" correct and he was "right on target" by questioning why the USA accepts immigrants from those countries during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers.

Trump earned national political prominence by promoting the falsehood that Barack Obama, America's first African-American president, was not born in the United States. "If they don't, for goodness' sake, give us a vote".

In a statement it said it had asked the USA government, through its ambassador, to "clarify" if the derogatory remark also applied to Botswana given that there were Botswana nationals living in the United States and others who wished to go there.

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