University of Florida students react after alleged vulgar comments made by President Donald Trump.
During a meeting that was held to discuss immigration, Trump questioned why the U.S. should allow immigrants from “shithole countries.”
He then rejected the plan made by a group of senators, a compromise immigration deal to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) participants while increasing border security.
The remark was made after Senator Dick Durbin explained the agreement that would protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.
Trump allegedly questioned specifically why the U.S. would want to admit more people from Haiti.
The President added that the US should get more people from countries like Norway.
“He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly,” Durbin said.
White House spokesman Raj Shad defended the president but did not directly deny his remarks.
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” Shad said.
President Trump later came to his own defense through on Twitter.
“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.
These comments come not to long after the Trump administration announced that it would end a temporary residency permit program that allowed over 50,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the U.S. following the earthquake the hit Haiti in 2010.
“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 later tweeted.
Many have been outraged by the comments and actions taken by the current president and have expressed this via Twitter and other social media platforms.
“I’m not shocked that he said this I think that he is very inconsiderate because a lot of Americans are from those countries or have families from those countries,” said Chanel Jackson, a freshman at the University of Florida.
At the University of Florida minority populations constitute about 36 percent of the student body, with 6.5 percent African-Americans and 21 percent Hispanics.
One student who was born in Liberia expressed his feelings on the subject.
“From personal experience, I can say that there are some nice places in Liberia and Africa and I feel like his comments were completely inappropriate,” said Isaac Ricks, a freshman at UF.