U.S. president Donald Trump uses slur against El Salvador and African nations

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

Graham has not said whether Durbin's comments were accurate.

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

"In the course of his comments he said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist", said Durbin.

Overshadowing the event was mounting backlash from Trump's comments during a private meeting with lawmakers the day before.

Rivers said Trump took the torch out of the hand of the Statue of Liberty with his remarks. She said, "This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation" and called on Trump to apologize to the American people "and the nations he so wantonly maligned". "You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes", whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome".

"You've seen the comments in the press".

The African Union said Friday that President Donald Trump's reported description of African nations as "sh*hole countries" broke with "accepted behaviour" and was "extremely upsetting". Trump allegedly made them during a DACA meeting with lawmakers at the White House on Thursday.

The remarks struck a particular nerve in Haiti, which on January 12 recognized the tragic quake that caused the death of more than 200,000 people.

President Trump signed a proclamation Friday honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Trump took to twitter saying in part, "the language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough but this was not the language used".

About an hour later, the president denied saying anything negative at all about Haitians but made no mention of El Salvador of Africa.

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In a flurry of tweets yesterday, Mr Trump defended his immigration stance while claiming the reports about his meeting with senators were inaccurate.

During a Thursday meeting on immigration with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, Trump criticized protections the United States has given to immigrants from various underdeveloped countries.

"They have not often had the government the people deserve, but that does not make them the country the president described", Clinton wrote.

The actor, who founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, recalled spending months working as one of 30 volunteers who helped the Haitian people rebuild the country following the deadly disaster.

"I thought Lindsey really hit the nail on the head", Graham said. "I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs". Trump and Congress are trying to resolve it after Trump ended the program.

The comments also threatened to further imperil immigration talks aimed at extending protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, many of whom were brought to the country as children and are now here illegally.

"We are strongly committed in the Special Relationship between our two countries and we are confident the new Embassy will provide the necessary platform to continue our cooperation", the statement read.

Dr. Guy Crevecoeur said he is concerned about the impact those remarks will have on Haitian people across the country and beyond. Rampant poverty, disease and starvation.

"If any country asks our charge or our ambassador to come over, they will".

The latest development is just the latest controversial move by the current president on immigration.

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