Who's being protected by bowdlerizing Trump's 'shithole' comment?

When asked what Trump had said in the meeting, Durbin said, "I can not believe that in the history of the White House and of that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday".

Republican Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who both attended the Thursday meeting, said in a statement that they "do not recall the president saying these comments specifically". (King seems to have broken with Trump more frequently in recent weeks, having also spoken out against the president's revocation of temporary protected status for Salvadorans and Trump's signature tax law.) Rep. Dan Donovan, who also opposed the Trump-supported tax plan on the grounds that it will harm New Yorkers, was more circumspect in his statement.

Not suprisingly, Trump's comments were met with heavy criticism and condemnation by many.

"As individual Christians, we have a biblical responsibility to place the needs of others above our own, but as Commander-in-Chief, President Trump has the constitutional responsibility to place the interest of our nation above the needs of other countries".

In multiple tweets Friday morning, the president said "this was not the language used" and insisted he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians".

Trump previously told Haitian-Americans: "I really want to be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion", while he was campaigning a year ago in Miami's Little Haiti. Dick Durbin, who was present at the meeting, later affirmed that Trump used this exact language.

Siplin's district includes Orlando's tourist district, where many Haitian immigrants are employed. Plus, the White House has yet to officially deny the reports in a statement - and Hillary Clinton has plenty to say about it.

Trump on Friday denied saying "anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

Graham continued: 'The American ideal is embraced by people all over the globe. When it came to the issue of, quote, "chain migration", I said to the president, do you realize how painful that term is to so many people?

"He was very kind to the Haitians, he was very eloquent to them, and he was the first president to (have) ever visited Haitians, and he said he was going to be the champion of Haitians", Haitian-American Georges Sami Saati said.

"The words used by the president, as related to me directly following the meeting by those in attendance, were not 'tough, ' they were abhorrent and repulsive", tweeted Arizona Sen.

A lot of people were furious with Trump's comments, but not everyone was outraged.

Retired Ethiopian long-distance runner Haile Gebrselasse, who won his first 10,000 Olympic gold medal in the USA city of Atlanta in 1996, told Reuters Trump's comments did not reflect the views of all Americans.

At a forum Friday at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ryan, R-Wis., said, "We just have to get it done".

"Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and US would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly", Trump wrote.

Haitians weren't the only people offended by the president's comments.

On Friday, Cardinal Blase Cupich tweeted: "Grateful for Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable, "Founder of Chicago"-and Haitian immigrant". Since they are receiving American aid, they were slow to criticize the president's comment.

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