Many Norwegians rejected on Friday a suggestion by U.S. President Donald Trump that they would be more welcome to move to the United States than immigrants from "shithole countries" such as Haiti or African nations.
When the discussion turned to African nations, the sources said Mr Trump asked why he would want "all these people from s***hole countries", adding that the USA should admit more people from places such as Norway, whose Prime Minister, Ms Erna Solberg, he met on Wednesday.
"You've seen the comments in the press", Durbin said at an event in Chicago, according to CNN. "I've not read one of them that's inaccurate".
Trump tweeted Friday morning that he used "really tough" language but "this was not the language used". "It is not true".
Trump has railed against the diversity visa lottery program and special temporary status protections that bring in at least 50,000 immigrants from around the world and allow them to reside in the U.S. legally.
"And that's when things deteriorated rapidly", Durbin said.
Trump's racism has clearly driven his policy decisions during his first year in office - from his Muslim ban and his despicable treatment of DREAMers to his ruthless ramp-up of immigration raids and the callous termination of protections for Haitians and Salvadorans who fled natural disaster and violence.
Amid the furore the president criticised an immigration proposal to protect 700,000 children who were brought to the United States as illegal immigrants and later given protection from deportation under a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The president and his allies have said the US should move to a "merit-based" system rather than admitting people based on family ties, referring to anyone but spouses and minor children as "extended family". "Probably", the president concluded this morning, citing to a lack of trust on all sides, we "should record future meetings" of this type. But neither he nor the White House denied the most controversial of his comments: using the word "s--hole" to describe countries in Africa and saying he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead. The "shithole" controversy due a sharp rebuke from former Mexican President Vicente Fox, a frequent Trump critic. Lindsey Graham, of SC, spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said. Trump reportedly said. "Take them out".
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