US President Donald Trump on Friday denied describing African countries as “shithole”.
“This was not the language used,” Trump said, after reports that he referred to “shithole” African nations in a meeting.
Trump tweeted Friday amid criticism over his comments during a White House meeting Wednesday. The White House has not denied the language, nor have the several Republican lawmakers in the meeting.
Three people briefed on the conversation say Trump questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway. The people were not authorized to describe the conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Trump says Friday: “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!”
“Sadly, Democrats want to stop paying our troops and government workers in order to give a sweetheart deal, not a fair deal, for DACA. Take care of our Military, and our Country, FIRST!”