Jake Tapper Goes Off on Trump 'Sh*thole' Comments

U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday

Maryland lawmakers, Mayor Pugh condemn Trump's comments on immigrants

African Union ambassadors to the United Nations demanded an apology from U.S. President Donald Trump for his racist remark on the people of Africa.

A Haitian immigrant who lives in Maryland says he hopes most Americans see it differently. People from dozens of countries took their oaths of citizenship Friday in South Florida as news spread about their new president's alleged statement.

According to leaked comments when Trump and a group of Senators were discussing the various temporary protected status programs for Haitians, El Salvadorians, and others, Trump asked why the national immigration policy of the USA did not prioritize immigrants from more prosperous countries like Norway, rather than Haiti and El Salvador.

The Post said that Trump rejected a bipartisan bill that would have restored protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and a handful of African countries.

It gave the approximately 59,000 Haitian immigrants who had been granted the status until July 2019 to return home or legalise their presence in the United States.

Linguistics Professor John McWhorter of Columbia University told CNN's Don Lemon Friday that there was no way to take what Trump said about "sh*thole countries" as anything but racist.

Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, who was in the meeting, said Friday that Trump did say "these hateful things and he said them repeatedly".

"I just don't have to agree with it", Nakpodia said.

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", White House spokesman Raj Shah told reports on Thursday.

Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett, reporting from Washington, DC, said: "The calls for the president to apologise for his remarks are intensifying inside and outside the USA, but for now, that apology does not appear likely". "We should be talking about how we bring people together", Pugh said.

James Hunder, the president of the Liberian Organization of the Piedmont, said he was surprised that Trump made the vulgar remark. Trump said, according to people familiar with the meeting. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians". "I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday".

Sen. Durbin on Trump comments. He said that the first thing that came to mind is it's "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful".

Graham continued: 'The American ideal is embraced by people all over the globe.

The president implied Friday morning on Twitter that maybe he should start recording meetings because there is no trust. Ben Cardin said Trump's "comments do not represent America's values". He also said Haiti should be left out of any immigration deal.

"And if they say we don't have that, say, 'Well, look again, '" she added.

"I'm bothered by what he said, but I don't think the entire America would agree with him", Charitable said.

Trump, who grew up in a Presbyterian family, shot back saying it was "disgraceful" for the pope to question his faith.

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