President Donald Trump denied that he called El Salvador, Haiti and several African nations as “shithole countries” during an Oval Office meeting meant on finding a common ground on the new bipartisan bill that will be introduced on immigration policies.
Regarding the President’s denial, The Washington Post reporter who wrote the story said that he stands by the story, implying that Trump lies with his denies. The reporter who broke the story that went viral raised strong criticism from both the Republicans and the Democrats.
Dawsey in an interview done by CNN said that fact that the White House did not deny the story overnight until Trump’s tweet this morning was proof enough that the quote was real.
“In the course of our reporting yesterday we took the comments we were going to report directly to the White House, told them exactly what we were going to say. We did not get a denial,” Dawsey stated in the interview.
“Obviously, [White House spokesman Raj Shah’s] statement did not deny. We got it confirmed from multiple places, The New York Times, The Associated Press, CNN has confirmed it as well.”
“This comes 15 hours later,” the reporter continued. “So the president obviously has the right to express his opinion on the story, as he has on Twitter, but we stand by our reporting 100 percent,” he concluded.
The Hill reported that a lot of politicians from both sides as well as other public figures were requesting a response from the White House on the incident. A denial was finally released on Friday morning in the form of tweets.
According to multiple people briefed at the meeting, Trump asked, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”
Friday morning President Trump finally responded on Twitter.
“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!”
“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” Trump wrote.