South Africa protests to US embassy over Trump "shithole" remark

Donald Trump has been lambasted for his reported remarks

Donald Trump has been lambasted for his reported remarks

"On MLK Day, New York City will take a stand for our sisters and brothers from Haiti, throughout Africa, El Salvador and other nations in the diaspora that have become targets of President Trump's hatred and bigotry".

Trump tweeted earlier Sunday that the program is "probably dead" and blamed Democrats.

Sources told Reuters on Thursday that Trump had questioned why the United States would want immigrants from "shithole countries" like Haiti and some African countries during a briefing on draft immigration legislation.

Asked by a reporter in Florida whether he was a racist, Trump said: "No".

United States President Donald Trump addresses African leaders in NY. Congress is grappling with the issue as they negotiate over a spending bill they need to pass by Friday to avoid a government shutdown.

On Tuesday, however, a federal judge ordered the government to keep DACA going pending resolution of court challenges to the president's decision. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) said in an interview with ABC's This Week on Sunday of Trump, "I think he is a racist". In reforming immigration we can not lose these American Ideals.

"I still think that he should apologise", she said on CNN's "State of the Union".

President Donald Trump denied he's a racist amid media uproar over a comment he allegedly made where he called some third-world African nations "sh*tholes". Today, Trump continues to deny that he made the aforementioned remarks during the Oval Office meeting and claims that he is not racist.

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Mr Trump has said he would end DACA, and his Twitter comments came as lawmakers worked on a bipartisan compromise on immigration policy. There was widespread anger in Germany in 2013 when it was revealed the US National Security Agency tapped Merkel's phone.

Defenders of the president have argued his comments referred to the poor economic conditions and social and political instability of Haiti and West Africa, and not their racial composition. "I am committed to working with Republicans and Democrats to find common ground so we can move forward". What was reported was unacceptable.

"He'd love to take us back all the way to slavery", said Shackles, a librarian and member of the church choir.

'Did you see what various senators in the room said about my comments?' he asked. "So I think there was a valid argument in there, but you got sort of a Queens saltiness coming out, and then I think people have misinterpreted it that he's a racist", Paul said.

He adds, "There's a lot of sticking points".

Talking to reporters Sunday, he also pointed to denials from other Republicans that he uttered the comment at all.

"As far as wiretapping, I guess, by - you know - [the Obama] administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps", Trump said in March during a press conference with Merkel.

Georgia Sen. David Perdue said Trump "did not use that word" and called the assertions that he did "a gross misrepresentation".

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