WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump sought Friday to quell a global firestorm over his reported denunciation of immigration from “shithole countries” – a slur slammed at home and abroad as racist. Trump tweeted a convoluted denial early Friday about the comments allegedly made on Thursday at a White House meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform. “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” Trump said, apparently referring to the remarks quoted by The Washington Post and The New York Times. But Democratic Senator Dick Durbin – who was present at the meeting – publicly pushed back, saying Trump hadrepeatedly used “vile and racist” language. President Trump is reported to have called those places 'sh**hole countries' whose inhabitants are not desirable for U.S. immigration.
Source: New Strait Times January 13, 2018 03:11 UTC