Trump used hate-filled lan­guage, says se­na­tor

President de­nies claim but ad­mits he did some ‘tough’ talk­ing in Oval Of­fice

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - Alan fram

A se­na­tor has re­jected Don­ald Trump’s ef­fort to dis­tance him­self from claims that he used vul­gar lan­guage to de­scribe African coun­tries, claim­ing the president “said these hate-filled things and he said them re­peat­edly”.

The president has been ac­cused of ques­tion­ing why the US should ac­cept more im­mi­grants from Haiti and “**** hole coun­tries” in Africa, dur­ing a meet­ing on im­mi­gra­tion.

He said on Twit­ter yes­ter­day that his lan­guage dur­ing the meet­ing was “tough” but in­sisted: “This was not the lan­guage used.”

How­ever, Illi­nois se­na­tor Dick Durbin, who was present at the Oval Of­fice meet­ing, said “**** holes” was “the ex­act word used by the president not just once but re­peat­edly”.

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

Mr Trump’s con­temp­tu­ous de­scrip­tion of an en­tire con­ti­nent star­tled leg­is­la­tors at a meet­ing about a bi­par­ti­san im­mi­gra­tion deal, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple briefed on the con­ver­sa­tion, and im­me­di­ately re­vived charges that the president is racist.

The White House did not deny his re­mark but is­sued a state­ment say­ing Mr Trump sup­ports im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies that wel­come “those who can con­trib­ute to our so­ci­ety”.

Yes­ter­day, Mr Trump also tweeted: “Never said any­thing deroga­tory about Haitians other than Haiti is, ob­vi­ously, a very poor and troubled coun­try,” and claimed: “I have a won­der­ful re­la­tion­ship with Haitians.”

He de­nied sug­ges­tions in a re­port in the Washington Post that he had said “take them out”, in ref­er­ence to Haitians.

Mr Trump said the bi­par­ti­san im­mi­gra­tion pro­posal is “a big step back­wards” be­cause it does not fund a wall along the Mexican bor­der, and claimed it would force the US “to take large num­bers of peo­ple from high crime coun­tries which are do­ing badly”.

Mr Trump’s re­ported com­ments were re­mark­able even by the stan­dards of a president who has been ac­cused by his foes of racist at­ti­tudes and has rou­tinely smashed through public deco­rum that his mod­ern pre­de­ces­sors have gen­er­ally em­braced.

Pic­ture: PA.

Mem­bers of the me­dia film the Madame Tus­sauds wax­work fig­ure of US President Don­ald Trump out­side the new US Em­bassy in Nine Elms, Lon­don, af­ter Mr Trump con­firmed he will not open the build­ing.

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