Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

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Patty Aguilar | 13 January, 2018, 12:30

Trump was widely reported on Thursday to have questioned in a meeting with lawmakers why the United States should accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s...hole countries" in Africa rather than from places such as Norway.

President Trump is reported to have called African countries and Haiti "shithole countries" while discussing immigration with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House.

Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., one of the lawmakers who attended the meeting, said publicly in comments to reporters and in a subsequent written statement on Friday that Trump's denial was false.

Trump's derogatory remarks cited by the Washington Post and New York Times were in reference to African countries and Haiti.

The United States should seek immigrants from Norway instead, he reportedly said. Jeffress says Trump has courage and deserved gratitude for his leadership. The White House did not deny his remark but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society".

"Diversity has always been our strength, not our weakness", Graham said.

"He will always reject temporary, weak and unsafe stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway", the statement read.

Trump's language triggered a barrage of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans.

Late past year, Trump's administration put an end to a temporary residency program given to Haitian immigrants, permitting 60,000 Haitian citizens to live and work in the USA safely after a magnitude-7 quake in 2010. Jesse McLaren rhetorically asked Lahren "Is South Dakota a s***hole because you came out of it?"

Now, as president, Trump's words carry the weight of an office that has long helped guide the nation's moral compass and defined the American ideal for millions around the world.

Another cardinal highlighted the role Haitians played in the founding of his city and offered a twist on Mr. Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again".

Republican Senator Tom Cotton and Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte were both there, as was White House aide Stephen Miller, a proponent of severely limiting immigration.

"His comments are disappointing, unbelievable, but not surprising", Gutierrez added, citing repeated disputes over Trump's comments on race since the 2016 USA presidential campaign.

Some African governments found themselves in an awkward position as top recipients of U.S. aid but Botswana's government called Trump's comment "reprehensible and racist".

President Donald Trump says "this was not the language used" after reports that he referred to "shithole" African nations in a meeting.

The African Union Mission in Washington DC has condemned Donald Trump's derogatory statements allegedly made about Africa and Haiti.

African politicians labeled Trump a racist, while the United Nations human rights office also rejected the reported comments as "racist" and inciting xenophobia.

"These are shocking and shameful", OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville said. "There is no other word one can use but 'racist'".

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