President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to deny that used the phrase “shithole countries” during a meeting with bi-partisan lawmakers, tweeting that “this was not the language used.”
"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!" the president tweeted Friday.
Media reports state that during his bipartisan meeting with lawmakers Thursday, Trump questioned why the U.S. admits people from “shithole countries” or “shitholes.”
In a series of Tweets leading up to that statement, Trump also criticized the “so-called” bi-partisan Dreamers deal that lawmakers reached this week, calling it “a big step backwards.”
“The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards. Wall was not properly funded, Chain Lottery were made worse and USA would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly,” the president wrote. “I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level. I want safety and security for our people. I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs. I want to fund our military, not do a Dem defund.”
A group of six Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Thursday reached a deal to shield Dreamers — immigrants brought to the country illegally as children — from deportation. The also includes $2.7 billion for border security and over $1 billion for technology and infrastructure security.
Among other things, the deal would include a 12-year path for citizenship for Dreamers but would end the visa lottery system that Trump has routinely criticized.
On Friday morning, Trump cast blame on Democrats for what he claims are the deal’s faults.
“Because of the Democrats not being interested in life and safety, DACA has now taken a big step backwards. The Dems will threaten “shutdown,” but what they are really doing is shutting down our military, at a time we need it most. Get smart, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”