The New Yorker responded to President Donald Trump's reported "shithole" comment by giving a sneak peek of its upcoming magazine cover. A White House official went as far as to call this his "victory lap". The Illinois Democrat said, "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".
As Trump shook hands with people at the event, reporters took the moment to ask him questions related to his remarks about Haiti and African countries.
Former Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe tweeted, "SHAME ON TRUMP!"
On Friday, Trump denied both describing certain nations as "s--hole countries" and that he demanded Haitians be removed from negotiations about protected status for people from certain countries. Why was he so pleased to say things that obviously hurt his party's brand? "But I've never met a Haitian who isn't strong". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" "If those countries aren't as you described, Democrats should be happy to deport criminal aliens back to them". "To me, that's like saying, we don't want y'all brown people because you're not doing anything", she said, "We want people from Norway. I was very proud of him, it took courage for what he did", Durbin said.
Many lawmakers have condemned the comments as racist and unbecoming of the presidency. The reports about the language used in the meeting referenced in this story have affected negotiations over DACA, they have had diplomatic repercussions and they are renewing charges of racism aimed at the president. "You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "s-tholes", whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome".
On Friday morning, a Fox & Friends host, Brian Kilmeade, told viewers the president should "clarify right away, before noon so you can move forward on substantive talks".
Durbin said Trump and his supporters in the room also "scoffed" when he said that ending chain migration would break up families.