Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump Must Apologize for 'Shithole' Remark, African Countries Say

Trump Must Apologize for 'Shithole' Remark, African Countries Say

President Donald Trump spent Thursday night making a flurry of phone calls to friends and advisers - denying he was racist but defending his disparaging comments about Haitians and African countries - as something many people think, but won't say. Trump said, according to Washington Post.

Trump reportedly made the remarks at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday and a USA senator who attended the gathering said on Friday that the president used "vile, vulgar" language, including repeatedly using the word "s***hole".

The US President has provoked fresh controversy after allegedly asking a group of senators why the US had to allow in immigrants from "s***hole countries" in Africa and the Caribbean rather than from places like Norway. Republican Senator Lindsay Graham of SC, also present at the gathering, said he confronted the president over his racy comments.

The Vatican newspaper on Friday branded US President Donald Trump's reported comments about African countries and Haiti as "particularly harsh and offensive".

"Made up by Dems", he tweeted. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", Trump had tweeted. Trump reportedly said. "Take them out".

El Salvador slammed them as "deplorable".

Editor's note: Contains vulgar language.

Mr Trump, who has faced questions about his diet and his mental health, joked on the eve of his exam that the test had better go well - for the sake of the stock market.

In November, the Trump administration announced it was ending the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that has allowed 59,000 Haitians to legally work in the United States since 2010 when an natural disaster killed an estimated 300,000 people, leaving millions homeless.

Some Republicans also criticized Trump.

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"He said those hateful things, and he said them repeatedly", Durbin told reporters, confirming several reports of the heated Oval Office meeting a day earlier.

I could tell you about my parents, how they came to this country with so many other Haitians, how they embraced the American dream and thrived, how I and so many first-generation Haitian-Americans are products of our parents' American dreams.

"The solution to our current divisiveness does not live in the White House".

Hillary Clinton, Trump's 2016 Democratic presidential rival, took to Twitter to blast his "ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn't look like him".

The top Republican in the House, Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, called the president's "very unfortunate, unhelpful".

But Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said by Durbin to have voiced objection to Trump's comments during the meeting, issued a statement that did not dispute the remarks.

He tweeted a convoluted denial Friday in an attempt to quell outrage both at home and overseas.

Trump addressed Haiti, but said nothing about his reported comments on Africa.

Nevertheless, the uproar has revived attention on previous remarks by Trump that have ignited accusations of racism. "So, it's not just President Trump who doesn't understand that", added Young. He also blamed "both sides" after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent.

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