President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson speaks during an event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Facing strong condemnation at home and abroad, U.S. President Donald Trump Friday denied using the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries, but kept up criticism of a Senate immigration plan that he said would force the United States to admit people from countries that "are doing badly".Trump reportedly made the remarks at a White House meeting on immigration Thursday. U.S. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who attended the gathering, told reporters Friday that Trump used "vile, vulgar" language, including repeatedly using the word "shithole" when talking about African countries.According to two sources, at Thursday's meeting Trump questioned why the United States would want to accept immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as "shithole countries".Haiti said it was shocked by Trump's reported remarks Thursday and summoned the top U.S. diplomat in the country to explain.
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