Are you a racist?' Trump questioned over 's***hole' remarks

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

The African Union responded to President Donald Trump's description of African nations as "shithole countries." .

The U.S. leader has been under fire at home and overseas after some reports said he referred to Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting on an immigration deal with a group of bipartisan lawmakers at the White House on Thursday.

'The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used, ' Trump wrote, using unusually passive language in an effort to walk back the comment.

But Senator Durbin, the only Democrat in the room, disputed the president's account.

BREAKING: Democrat Sen. Durbin, who was in meeting with Pres. Trump: "He said these hate-filled things".

Fasano said Trump's comments are "beyond inappropriate and offensive" and do not reflect the values of the Republican party.

"I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Donald Trump is a racist", Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona tweeted. Made up by Dems.

Trump previously told Haitian-Americans: "I really want to be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion", while he was campaigning past year in Miami's Little Haiti. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" he said.

Trump used the words "shithole countries" to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African countries in response to lawmakers suggested they restore protections for immigrants from there, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

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Trump said, according to people briefed on the meeting who spoke with The Washington Post.

"And that's when things deteriorated rapidly", Durbin said.

"In regards to Senator Durbin's accusation, we do not recall the President saying these comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest". Trump met this week with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

The tweet came hours after a bombshell report about Trump's comments, which the White House did not immediately deny. At the time of publication, Graham had not publicly commented on the president's remarks.

The Geneva-based Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday described Trump's comment as "shocking", "shameful" and "racist". He has said Mexican immigrants were "bringing crime" and were "rapists".

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle also expressed disbelief.

But the government of Haiti - which Friday marked eight years since it was hit by a devastating quake that killed at least 200,000 people - declared itself "outraged and shocked" by the "racist" slur.

Trump has railed against the diversity visa lottery program and special temporary status protections that bring in at least 50,000 immigrants from around the world and allow them to reside in the U.S. legally.

Uganda's state minister for global relations, Henry Okello Oryem, called Trump's remarks "unfortunate and regrettable". First, he insisted his senseless wall be part of an immigration deal and now Trump is spouting vile profanities about Haitian and African immigrants from the Oval Office.

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