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Trump Says His 'Tough Language' Was Response to 'Outlandish' DACA Proposal


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WASHINGTON – The White House is dealing with fallout Friday after details of a private meeting between President Donald Trump and several U.S. senators leaked to the media. 

When presented with a bipartisan immigration deal that included restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti and some African countries, according to people inside the room, the president asked, "Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?"

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In a series of early Friday morning tweets the president responded.

He then addressed the "s***hole" remark saying that wasn't the language he used.

The president also addressed his relationship with the people of Haiti.


The news Thursday sent shockwaves through Washington and drew immediate accusations of racism from Democrats.

"This remark by the president of the United States smacks of blatant racism. The most odious and insidious racism masking poorly as immigration policy," Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut told MSNBC. 

The White House didn't deny the president's remark, but issued a statement saying, "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people."

The statement went on to say that the president will only consider a compromise that addresses the visa lottery program and chain migration.

The deal presented to him Thursday included $1.6 billion for a first installment on his $18 billion proposal to build a wall along the nation's southern border. 

Today senators are back at the drawing board.

"We have no agreement with the president," said South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is also taking heat after remarking about the legislators negotiating a deal.

"The five white guys, I call them. Are they going to open a hamburger stand next or what?" she asked referring to the burger chain "Five Guys."

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer pushed back against Pelosi telling Politico in a statement, "That comment in offensive. I am committed to ensuring DREAMers are protected and I will welcome everyone to the table who wants to get this done."

Amid the criticisms and name-calling, the federal government runs out of money in one week.

Congressional Republicans need votes from Democrats to pass a measure to keep the government running and some Democrats are threatening to withhold their votes unless an immigration deal is reached.

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