Media figures label Trump racist after immigration remarks


On Thursday, Trump was meeting lawmakers to discuss a proposal for an immigration plan when he reportedly grew agitated as the conversation turned to citizens of Haiti and El Salvador, and immigrants from the African continent.

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

Trump insisted Friday that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

Lawmakers inside the meeting quoted Trump saying "Why do we want all these people from s***hole countries coming here?" following up with suggesting the USA should instead bring more people from countries like Norway.

His remarks reportedly left the assembled politicians "taken aback", the paper said, with Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator for SC, and Richard Durbin, Democratic senator for IL, among those in the room. "Made up by Dems", Trump wrote. And many people would never dream of talking about the glories of sexual assault with their locker-room buddies, even if they might use vulgar language or banter about sex.

But Botswana's government called Trump's comment "reprehensible and racist", saying the US ambassador had been summoned to clarify whether the country was regarded so poorly after years of cordial relations.

The Vatican newspaper on Friday branded US President Donald Trump's reported comments about African countries and Haiti as "particularly harsh and offensive".

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"African countries, and sometimes our leaders, do not exactly deal with the problems of the worst-off, that's what makes people immigrate".

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USA remains committed to working together w/Africans to realize the promise of a more peaceful, more productive, more prosperous 21st century Africa. While some congressional Republicans from NY unequivocally criticized Trump, others have taken his vague semi-denials at face value. "The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel", he said, adding: "I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals".

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

Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who on Thursday before publication of the news of Trump's remarks refused to comment on what was said.

African politicians and diplomats have been put in an awkward position by Mr Trump's remarks, with some hesitating to jeopardise their relationships with the USA as others came out and labelled him a racist. It's a middle finger to s--hole countries, but more to the point, it's a statement that we don't want the people from them.

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Cedric Richmond and House Judiciary top Democrat Jerrold Nadler said they would seek to introduce a censure resolution against Trump next week.

The Trump administration announced late a year ago that it would end a temporary residency permit program that allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States following a devastating 2010 quake. He went on to say that he had "a wonderful relationship with Haitians".

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump tweeted. Most of all, it's not what a president should believe. Typically they've been better qualified to lead a nation, too.

Steven Forester, of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, blasted the president's decision to sunset TPS as racist and said the reported comments prove it.

Love said her office asked White House staff members if the reports were valid, but did not receive a response.