Trump refutes 'shithole' remark, says 'this was not the language used'

White House, Republican lawmakers haven't denied language used in meeting

WASINGTON - President Donald Trump is refuting reports that he called Haiti and African nations "shithole countries."

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used," Trump tweeted Friday morning. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made -- a big setback for DACA!"
 

Trump took to Twitter 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 said 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 did not respond to questions about his use of a vulgarity or his question about why the U.S. should accept more immigrants from Haiti and African nations than from countries like Norway.

The questions came Friday in the White House when Trump signed a proclamation honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day, noting the contributions of a "great American hero."

Trump did not respond to several questions about the incident, including whether he actually used vulgar language to describe African nations, or if he is racist.

The president said at the White House that "love was central" to the slain civil rights leader. Trump said the nation celebrates King for "standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear, that no matter what the color of our skin or place of our birth, we are all created equal by God."

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