President Donald Trump on Twitter Friday morning (Jan. 12) denied using vulgar language in reference to Haiti and countries in Africa.
“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” he tweeted.
Late Thursday, details emerged about an Oval Office conversation earlier in the day. Trump questioned why the United States would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the conversation.
Trump’s description of an entire continent immediately revived charges that the president is racist.
Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond called Trump’s remarks “yet another confirmation of his racially insensitive and ignorant views,” The New York Times reported.
Richmond, D-New Orleans, said they reinforced “the concerns that we hear every day, that the president’s slogan, ‘Make America Great Again,’ is really code for ‘Make America White Again.'”
The White House on Thursday night did not deny Trump’s remark but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome “those who can contribute to our society.”
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said.
The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
The Associated Press contributed to this story.