Trump sets record straight on crude remark, stands by ‘tough’ language on DACA proposal

President Donald Trump hit back Friday at the increasing international outrage over reports that he asked why the U.S. was taking immigrants from “s—hole” countries, while taking aim at a so-called immigration “deal” announced by a group of senators the day before.

In a group of tweets, the president both defended his immigration stance while claiming the remarks attached to him weren’t accurate.

“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!” Trump tweeted early Friday.

The “language” the president referred to came during talks Thursday with lawmakers at the White House. Despite Trump’s denial, multiple sources have confirmed what was said, and the White House did not deny it overnight.

“Why are we having all these people from s—hole countries come here?” the president said, apparently referring to people from Haiti, as well as some Central American and African countries. He reportedly added that the U.S. should admit more people from countries like Norway.

Later Friday morning, President Trump went on to deny he said anything “derogatory” about Haitians.

“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!” Trump tweeted.

The reports drew objection from world leaders as well as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.

Utah GOP Rep. Mia Love, a Haitian-American, said the Trump’s comments were “unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values.”

Republican U.S. congressional candidate and Saratoga Springs, Utah, Mayor Mia Love waves after addressing delegates during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 28, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - TB3E88S1UFSJL
Republican U.S. congressional candidate and Saratoga Springs, Utah, Mayor Mia Love waves after addressing delegates during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 28, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) – TB3E88S1UFSJL

Amid the backlash, the president on Friday also slammed the supposed “DACA deal,” which a group lawmakers were working out with the goal of continuing protection for young illegal immigrants brought to the country as children. The president on Friday detailed what he thinks is missing from the plan.

“The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressman was a big step backwards. Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and USA would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly,” Trump tweeted Friday.

(Related: Watch: Trump Supporters Protest DACA Amnesty Outside Democrat Sen. Feinstein’s Office)

The reference to high-crime countries seemed to be an explanation of the concerns Trump expressed about certain nations at Thursday’s meeting.

The “deal” in question was introduced to the president by a group of six senators—Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Cory Gardner, R-Co., and Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Michael Bennett, D-Co., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J. They did not detail what was included in their deal.

“We have been working for four months and have reached an agreement in principle that addresses border security, the diversity visa lottery, chain migration/family reunification, and the Dream Act –the areas outlined by the president,” the senators wrote in a joint statement. “We are now working to build support for that deal in Congress.”

Democrats are striving to save the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which was ended by the president in September.

Trump has said he will only agree to a deal with Congress on immigration if it includes funding for his wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level. I want safety and security for our people. I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs. I want to fund our military, not do a Dem defund,” Trump tweeted minutes later.

(Related: Trump’s halting of Obama’s DACA stopped by Clinton-appointed, San Francisco judge)

Trump added: “Because of the Democrats not being interested in life and safety, DACA has now taken a big step backwards. The Dems will threaten ‘shutdown,’ but what they are really doing is shutting down our military, at a time when we need it most. Get smart, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Lawmakers have until Jan. 19 to pass a temporary spending bill to prevent a government shutdown.

Trump again tweeted, moments later, blasting Democrats for their approach.

(Related: DACA And Illegal Immigration By The Numbers)

“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!”

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