President Donald Trump came under fire Thursday after allegedly using vulgar language in reference to African nations during a private meeting with lawmakers on immigration.
During the meeting held at the White House, Trump reportedly referred to African nations as “shithole countries.”
Trump disputed some of the reports about what he said a day later via Twitter but didn’t comment on his alleged use of the derogatory reference to Africa.
On Friday, Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin confirmed that Trump used derogatory language multiple times during the meeting.
White House spokesperson, Raj Shah did not deny that Trump used the term “shithole.” However, Trump took to Twitter early this morning to clarify that he used “tough” language but did not use the alleged vulgarity.
The first of Trump’s two tweets read, “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!”
An hour later as more articles were being posted by more news media sources, Trump posted another tweet.
“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!”
Shah told CNN that Trump, “is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”
Grand Rapids Community College students reacted to the news on Friday.
“Well, I mean, at first he’s talking about how everyone should be equal first, but then he starts to talk crap about people from other countries,” Jose Perez said. “He just treats other races besides white like trash. He doesn’t seem to consider everyone equal how they should be.”
Although many people are angered by his statement, some are still sticking with the president. A 25-year-old GRCC student that the Collegiate interviewed initially said he supported the president but later retracted his statement.
Later on Friday, the Haitian government and former Haitian Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe reacted to Trump’s statements.
“SHAME ON TRUMP!” Lamothe said in a tweet. “The world is witnessing a new low today with this #ShitholeNations remark! Totally unacceptable! Uncalled for moreover it shows a lack of respect and IGNORANCE never seen before in recent history of the US by any President! Enough is enough!”
Collegiate Staff, Tara Woods, contributed to this story.
This article was updated on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2018, for clarity