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AU ambassadors demand apology from Trump over 'racist remarks'

AU ambassadors demand apology from Trump over 'racist remarks'

In his meeting with a group of senators, Mr Trump had questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and others who had been briefed on the remarkable Oval Office conversation.

In a series of tweets, Mr Trump said: "The language used by me at the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

Trump's comments hit hard in Haiti, which on Friday marked the anniversary of a 2010 natural disaster that killed between 220,000 and 300,000 people. "You've seen the comments in the press". 'I have not read one of them that's inaccurate.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves from the steps of Marine One helicopter upon his departure after his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., January 12, 2018. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, and Rep. Robert Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia - have not made public comments. Bob Goodlatte, (R-Va.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), according to MSNBC. Trump ended the program and finding a legislative solution is a key issue in negotiations between the White House and congressional Democrats on immigration policy.

Almost 700,000 Dreamers are at risk of losing deportation relief and work permits ― or already have ― because Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

"It hurts evangelism", Warren said of the president's comments. Dick Durbin, who was at the meeting with Graham and others, said Trump did do so, and called his language "vile". A large proportion of diversity visa lottery recipients come from African nations. Trump questioned why the US should accept more immigrants from Haiti and Africa over places like Norway.

In an interview with NPR, Haiti's ambassador to the US, Paul Altidor, said he was "surprised and disappointed" in Trump's remarks.

"This is even more hurtful given the historical reality of just how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, and also terribly surprising as the United States remains a massively positive example as just how migration can give birth to a nation", Kalondo said. People act surprised now when he says things, but how could you?

Reacting to the remarks made by Trump, Rupert Colville, spokesman of the United Nations human rights office, said: "You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as shitholes ..."

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But aside from that word, what the president said was a big, big deal, something that can't be ignored.

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It noted that Trump's comments had immediately sparked "controversy and indignation".

Now, obviously, no country is really a "shithole country", because countries are made up of human beings who have intrinsic worth and value; every nation on the planet has made some positive contributions to human culture, innovation, and politics. "It doesn't matter where you come from, you are accepted, here not so much".

Dick Durbin of IL, the Senate' s No. 2 Democrat, explained that as part of that deal, a lottery for visas that has benefited people from Africa and other nations would be ended, the sources said, though there could be another way for them to apply. "He said, 'Oh, that's a good line'".

The African group of ambassadors to the United Nations have issued an extraordinary statement condemning the "outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks" by USA president Donald Trump, and demanded a retraction and apology.

But Trump on Friday insisted the reports were inaccurate.

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo said the reported language was "extremely unfortunate", adding: "We are certainly not "a sh*thole country". Former senior U.S. diplomat Nicholas Burns tweeted that the "damage overseas from Trump's ignorant and racist remarks can't be exaggerated". In June, he said Nigerian immigrants would "never go back to their huts" after coming to the U.S. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" Two immigration hard-liners, Republican Sens.

Asked about the remarks, White House spokesman Raj Shah did not deny them.

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