African diplomats blast Trump remark as 'racist'

'I'm not a racist': Trump's denial after 's***hole countries' controversy

'I am not a racist,' Trump says after disparaging comments about Haiti, African nations

News broke this week that during a meeting with congressional member at the White House, Trump allegedly called African nations, El Salvador and Haiti "s*hole" countries during discussions about immigration policy.

The director of the ADL's Center on Extremism, Oren Segal, told Newsweek that such Trump remarks are "the engine that fuels white supremacy" in America.

Even Sen. Lindsey Graham, a frequent Trump critic who seems to have come around to the president lately, didn't directly accuse the president of using the term, but he didn't deny it either. "America deserves better, and when I'm governor, I'll protect immigrant families and make IL a welcoming state for all". We've been a good friend of the people of the United States.

The comments were "clearly" racist, Kalondo said, but stressed the United States was "much stronger than the sum total of one man".

"Mr. President, will you give an apology for the statement yesterday?"

Richard Blumenthal, a Democratic senator, said Trump's comment "smacks of blatant racism, the most odious and insidious racism masquerading poorly as immigration policy", while the United Nations said "there is no other word one can use but "racist" to describe his outburst.

"It was so disturbing this morning to hear President Trump's comments reported all over the news calling my poor native land and African countries "s...hole" nations", Jean said in a statement to The Canadian Press.

Jean, who was born in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, called Trump's reported remarks "insulting".

The Government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump, must use this descriptor and derogatory word, when talking about countries with whom the USA has had cordial and mutually beneficial bilateral relations for so many years.

President Donald Trump on Friday denied using certain "language" during a private meeting with lawmakers as fury spread over his comments about immigrants, but one of the Senators in the room, Dick Durbin of IL, says he knows what he heard.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, who was in the meeting, disputed the president account.

Durbin also said that several of his Republican colleagues at the meeting were not pleased with the president's words.

"Shithole? Thought they said he was so impressed with us just last September?"

On Friday, Mr Trump on Friday tweeted that his language he used at the private meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration legislation had been "tough". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

What exactly did Trump say?

"The president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday", he said in a statement released by the White House.

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