“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country."
On Thursday, President Trump was again the topic of criticism for referring to immigrants from “shithole countries” such as Africa and Central America as undesirable in the United States.
The phrase was allegedly uttered in an Oval Office meeting where Trump rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, this according to people briefed on the conversation from those in attendance.
The vitriol set off a barrage of criticism from the public and poignant editorials from lead media personalities such as CNN's Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper. People called out Trump for being racist and contemptuous.
The White House did not deny his use of vulgarity, instead issuing a statement saying Trump welcomes "those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”
But on Friday Trump tweeted that it was all fake news; he says he spoke harshly but wasn’t vulgar in the meeting,
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used." He put the focus on the immigration deal instead: "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!"
He doubled-down on the denial of what he said in a later tweet:
“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!”