Paul Ryan says Trump's slur against African countries is 'unfortunate, unhelpful'

In a tweet on Friday, Trump denied using the word "shithole", but Durbin insisted that the president had indeed said it. The six senators have been meeting for months to find a way to revive protections for DACA recipients and applicants Trump ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program a year ago but has given Congress until March 5 to find a way to keep it alive.

The White House released a statement that did not deny the remarks.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" he asked in the Oval Office, reported the Washington Post.

The African Union said it was "alarmed" by Trump's statement. Made up by Dems. "This was not the language used", Trump tweeted. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

USA politicians from both parties condemned Mr Trump, with Mia Love, the Republican Representative and daughter of Haitian immigrants, saying the comments were "unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation's values".

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said a bipartisan Senate immigration plan would force the United States to admit people from "high crime" countries "doing badly", and denied using a vulgar reference in comments decried as racist.

Ben Marter, a spokesman for Durbin, did not provide details of the conversation but said the senator was "encouraged" by Trump's reaction. "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".

Trump's Republicans were also plainly unhappy, with House Speaker Paul Ryan describing the reported comments as "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful".

"When he says good things about the folks that ran over people in Charlottesville, Virginia, and when he panders to the radical right white supremacist of America, he has now become them".

"First stop would be Osu Castle, Elmina Castle, and the over 40 Forts that detained about 30 million slaves, beaten and shipped out like sardine cans and then I will tell you the history of Africa and why people like you made that a "shithole" continent". I thought about my own family. He admits it is a country with a lot of poverty and illness.

"I've seen the comments in the press", Durbin continued, referring to reports about the White House meeting that he attended.

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Amid an global backlash over his reported use of a "crude slur" against immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some African countries, President Donald Trump on Friday denied using the sort of language attributed to him at a meeting where he rejected a tentative deal for 8,00,000 young illegal immigrants.

Trump said, "Why do we want all these people from Africa here?"

According to The Washington Post, the group was discussing immigration and visa lottery system when Trump asked why the United States would want immigrants "from all these sh-thole countries" like Haiti and African nations instead of countries like Norway. "Do we need more Haitians?'" Trump took particular issue with the characterization of his comments on Haiti.

The president added that the United States should get more people from countries like Norway. The region ranks ninth nationwide for metropolitan areas with the most foreign born Haitians.

Such remarks from the USA president could "potentially damage and disrupt the lives of many people", Colville said.

Trump reportedly made the remarks at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday.

South African comedian Trevor Noah, star of "The Daily Show", described himself as an offended citizen of "South Shithole" and also criticised Mr Trump's preferred choice of Norway for immigrants. "We are now working to build support for that deal in Congress", wrote Durbin, Graham, Republicans Jeff Flake and Cory Gardner and Democrats Michael Bennet and Bob Menendez.

"It's not how a president should speak. That's not how a president behaves", Simpson said.

Political strategists and pollsters said Friday that a single remark, however offensive it may be, won't sway many Trump voters' views of the president.

"We're better than this", he added.

Amid the furor the president criticized the immigration proposal. Tom Cotton and David Perdue, said they "do not recall the President saying these comments specifically".

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