On Jan. 12, President Donald Trump responded to the outrage he provoked after making vulgar remarks while discussing Africa, El Salvador and Haiti. In his tweet, he admitted to using "tough" language but denied using the word "s**thole."
Trump attracted worldwide condemnation for comments reportedly made while discussing a bipartisan immigration deal during a meeting on Jan. 11, reports The Guardian.
"Why are we having all these people from sh**hole countries come here?" he reportedly asked upon being presented with a proposal for protections for immigrants from African countries.
White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah defended Trump afterward and did not deny the comments were said.
"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people," Shah said in response.
After the comments sparked outrage, the president directly addressed the remarks on Twitter.
At first, he admitted he had used "tough" language, but simultaneously denied using the exact words the media had reported.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used," he wrote. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made -- a big setback for DACA!"
About an hour later, the president denied saying anything negative at all about Haitians but made no mention of El Salvador of Africa.
"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country," he tweeted.
"Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings -- unfortunately, no trust!"
It was initially believed the president also called Haiti and El Salvador, countries also discussed during that meeting, "sh**hole countries."
But CNN's Jake Tapper later clarified on Twitter these were two different conversations conflated together. The president did not, at least, call Haiti a "sh**hole" country, but rather people coming from African countries.
"'Why do we need more Haitians?'" Tapper quoted Trump as saying of Haiti. "'Take them out' -- meaning take them out of the [temporary protected status immigration] deal."
"Then in a separate part of the conversation when they were referencing the diversity visa lottery, President Trump referred to people coming from Africa as coming from 's**hole countries,'" Tapper added. "Again, I’m not saying this is better. Just that this is what happened, per my source. So that might explain the kinda-pushback from POTUS today."
Despite Trump's Twitter responses, his "sh**hole" comments continue to spread and draw fury across the world.
In the U.S., both Republican and Democratic politicians have condemned Trump's remarks, while the United Nations has called Trump's words "racist."
Sources: The Guardian, The Washington Post, Donald J. Trump/Twitter (2), Jake Tapper/Twitter / Featured Image: Joyce N. Boghosian/The White House / Embedded Images: The White House/Wikimedia Commons, Ali Shaker/VOA/Wikimedia Commons