President Trump has cleaned up his language for countries he does not think are worthy of sending immigrants to the U.S., referring to them as “high crime” rather than “s–thole.”
Trump took to Twitter Friday morning as he tried to defend himself after a report that he slandered nations such as Haiti and El Salvador during a meeting about finding a solution for the undocumented in fear of deportation because of his choice to end an Obama administration immigration program.
He denied using the vulgar language, but continued his attacks on other countries as he said that the bipartisan deal presented to him was a “big step backwards” that did not include funding for the border wall he said Mexico would fund.
“USA would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly,” he said.
Trump said that “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.”
President Trump said he used “strong” language during an immigration meeting and denied saying an unspecified remark.
He said that he wanted a merit-based system of immigration, echoing a sentiment in the original Washington Post report about his “s–thole” statement where he asked why the U.S. could not receive more immigrants from countries such as Norway.
Trump’s comments were widely condemned as racist, arrogant and un-American.
“There is no other word one can use but ‘racist’” United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said Friday in Geneva.
“You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘s—holes,’ whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome.”