After causing massive public outrage and a media frenzy by declaring that certain parts of the world are “shithole countries,” President Trump is now denying he ever made such a statement, according to CNN.
The original comment allegedly came on Thursday, January 11th, during a meeting in the Oval Office. “Why do we want all these people from shithole countries coming here?” Trump allegedly said to a group of lawmakers, according to The Washington Post. “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.”
The group was discussing protection for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries — something that Trump apparently has no interest in. Instead, he suggested bringing more people over from places like “Norway.”
Thursday night, White House spokesperson Raj Shah released a statement on the matter. He did not deny that the president made the comment, according to The Hill. However, come Friday morning, Trump’s thumbs had something else to say.
Hey, Donald, newsflash: If you are unable to specify the language you actually did use, then yeah, you probably used that language or at least something comparable.
“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country,” he continued. “Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!”
But before explicitly denying the comments, Trump made sure to tease people with a series of ellipses-connected tweets about DACA, which was up for debate at the meeting.
While we may never know if Trump really made those comments yesterday, his tweets from this morning make it clear that his views on immigration are still as troubling and discriminatory as ever.