Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Trump Denies Insulting Term at White House Meeting

Trump Denies Insulting Term at White House Meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump seemingly denied Friday he referred to African nations as "shitholes", the morning after his reported comments sent American media into a frenzy.

In reference to Haiti and African nations, Trump allegedly asked: "Why are we having all these people from s**thole countries come here?"

Trump's crude words also spurred condemnation from the U.N. Rupert Colville, a human rights spokesman for the organization, said: "If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States". As for Africa, he asked why more people from "s--hole countries" should be allowed into the US, sources said to The AP.

A spokesman for the White House did not deny the president's use of the vulgar word.

In a response labelled by global media as damage control, Mr Trump has denied using derogatory words but admitted his language was "tough". "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" he said in one of the tweets.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC issued a statement that didn't reveal much: "Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday".

A statement from the US Embassy defended its move to Nine Elms in Battersea, south London explaining that the new building "meets all security standards, yet used no tax payer dollars to fund the project".

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"With the statement that he made, it was very clear to us that there is a racial basis for those decisions, even going so far as racist", Labossiere said.

"He said, 'Haitians. Do we need more Haitians?' Then he went on and started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure". That was the nature of this conversation.

Botswana also said it had summoned the USA ambassador to that country, Earl Miller, to "express its displeasure" and had asked Miller whether Botswana "is regarded as a "s**thole" country". Republican Senator Lindsay Graham of SC, also present at the gathering, said he confronted the president over his racy comments. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

As Fredericks was taken offscreen, Lemon said: "I was going to let him speak, until you doubly insulted me". It's a dignity many in this White House could learn from.

"I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", the president said.

Trump has also been rebuked by the United Nations for his reported comments.

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