(Trump insults) Tweet carries denial

World | 12 Jan 2018 9:14 pm

In bluntly vulgar language, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries'' in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation. Trump denied using that language today. 

Trump's contemptuous description of an entire continent startled lawmakers in the meeting and immediately revived charges that the president is racist. The White House did not deny his remark but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society.'' 

Yet Trump himself tweeted today: "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.'' He went on to criticize the immigration deal, saying: "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!'' 

The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the president's tweet.-AP

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