President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted an explanation for “language” that he was accused of using during a discussion about immigration reform in the Oval Office a day earlier.
Trump described his language as “tough” but denied calling Haiti, El Salvador, and some African nations “s—hole countries.” The response came following a Washington Post report that claimed meeting attendees heard the president use the derogatory language.
“Why are we having all of these people from s—hole countries com here,” Trump is accused of saying during the meeting.
“”Why do we need more Haitians?” Trump allegedly continued, specifically questioning the island’s immigrants. “Take them out.”
However, Trump claimed in his tweet that the alleged quotes did not accurately reflect what he said during the meeting.
“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” Trump tweeted Friday morning. “What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!”