Trump: ‘Never said anything derogatory about Haitians’

In the wake of a firestorm sparked by President Donald Trump’s comments on Thursday slamming immigrants from ‘s—hole’ countries, the president weighed in on Twitter denying he used “derogatory” language about Haitians at an Oval Office meeting on immigration.

“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor troubled country,” Trump said on Twitter. “Never said “take them out”.”

Trump, however, did not deny accounts from multiple sources either briefed on or familiar with the discussion, who told ABC News the president’s comments extended to African countries as well.

The president went on to accuse Democrats in the meeting of making up comments attributed to him and said that he “probably should record future meetings.”

In an earlier tweet on Friday, Trump acknowledged he used “tough” language, although it was unclear to what language he was referring to.

“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” Trump tweeted today of Thursday’s meeting about a proposed bipartisan immigration plan.

Further, the president has not denied that he suggested in the meeting on Thursday that America should admit more immigrants from places like Norway, comments that were confirmed by multiple sources with direct knowledge of the conversations.

Roughly 15 hours since the comments were first reported, White House aides appeared unperturbed by the controversial remarks, arguing they could help the president despite the backlash across both sides of the aisle.

A White House official told ABC News the president’s comments echo his “America first” policy.

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