Donald Trump has attacked Democrats and accused them of not wanting to agree a deal on immigration reform, as controversy continued to swirl over his alleged description of Haiti and African nations as “s***hole countries”.
As the African Union – representing 55 nations – and many high-profile Haitian-Americans demanded an apology, the President claimed Democrats did not want to work with him to secure a deal.
“I don’t believe the Democrats really want to see a deal on DACA,” he said on Twitter, referring to the programme established by Barack Obama to provide thousands of thousands immigrants protection from deportation.
I don’t believe the Democrats really want to see a deal on DACA. They are all talk and no action. This is the time but, day by day, they are blowing the one great opportunity they have. Too bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2018
“They are all talk and no action. This is the time but, day by day, they are blowing the one great opportunity they have. Too bad!”
Mr Trump, who also tweeted “America First” and then claimed that jobs were “coming back to America”, has found himself at the centre of a storm of outcry after allegedly using the vulgar and offensive phrase while meeting with Democratic and Republican politicians to discuss immigration reform.
While the President initially sought to claim that while he had used “tough language”, he had not used that phrase, the White House has made little attempt to deny the remarks.
The Associated Press said while the Mr Trump offered a partial denial in public, he privately defended his remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries, and which many have described as racist.
The news agency said Mr Trump claimed was only expressing what many people felt but will not say about immigrants from economically depressed countries, according to a person who spoke to him.
“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language…