Trump's 'shithole' comment denounced across the globe

Despite his denial, the president faced a massive rebuke from Democrats, some Republicans and world leaders.


01/12/2018 10:42 AM EST Updated 01/12/2018 11:42 AM EST

President Donald Trump faced a swift rebuke Friday after allegedly questioning why the United States accepts citizens from “shithole” countries, with foreign governments, Democrats and even some Republicans denouncing the president’s vulgar terminology.

Trump denied on Friday that he made the comments. But in Congress and across the globe, his alleged comments reverberated.

“In the course of [Trump’s] comments, [he] said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist,” Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said Friday morning. “I use those words advisedly. I understand how powerful they are. But I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.”

Several Republicans have also denounced Trump’s statement, including Reps. Mia Love, Illeana Ros-Lehtinen and Erik Paulsen.

"The words used by the President, as related to me directly following the meeting by those in attendance were not 'tough,' they were abhorrent and repulsive," Republican Sen. Jeff Flake also wrote.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, meanwhile, said he is looking forward to a “more detailed explanation regarding the president’s comments.”

On Thursday, Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida criticized Trump's comments in a statement, saying that if it's true, it's "absolutely wrong to say or think this."

“I do not think this way, nor do I agree with this kind of sentiment. I represent Florida, and we are an amazing melting pot where over 250 languages are spoken," he wrote. “I work every day to make this the most welcoming state for everyone — Haitians, Cubans, Venezuelans and others from all around the world that call Florida home,” Scott said. “I’m incredibly proud of our diversity.”