Dick Durbin insists Donald Trump used vulgarity to explain African global locations

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A statement released Thursday by the organization says Trump's "decision to use profanity to describe African, Central American and Caribbean countries is not only a low mark for this president, it is a low point for our nation".

While meeting with senators on immigration, Trump had questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa, according to one participant and people briefed on the conversation.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the only Democrat at the meeting with Trump, confirmed the vulgar comments, telling reporters the president said "things that were hate-filled, vile and racist".

The Botswana government has inquired from the U.S. government through the U.S. Ambassador to Botswana, to clarify if Botswana is regarded as a "shithole" country given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the U.S., and also that some of Batswana may wish to visit the United States.

Trump reportedly demanded to know why the U.S. should accept immigrants from "s***hole countries", after lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador.

The president also singled out Haiti, telling lawmakers that immigrants from there should be left out of any deal to protect those affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Mr. Trump on Twitter Friday morning that the "language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

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Trump's alleged description of some nations on the continent as "shithole countries" has not sat well with many, including a number of world leaders who have called on Mr. Trump to retract his comments and issue an apology. Isn't Trump demonstrating that he's nothing but a racist and pursuing a policy of "Make America White Again"?

They thanked "the American people from all walks of life and backgrounds who have condemned the remarks" and reaffirmed their commitment "to the values and principles of multilateralism, diversity and equality of nations". Great opportunity missed. Too bad!

Ghana, located in West Africa, is one of the region's most politically stable countries, and it has long enjoyed friendly relations with the United States - according to a Pew poll from 2015, 89 percent of the country said they had a favorable view of America, though that number dropped to 59 percent when the same poll was conducted in 2017.

Much of Trump's first year as president has been marked by racial controversy.

"It is not true", said in comments aired on MSNBC. His comments Thursday revived accusations of racism, roiled immigration talks, set off worldwide outrage and left some foreign journalists wondering how to express the offending word. He is far from it.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" the news outlets reported Trump as saying.

Prominent Kenyan commentator Patrick Gathara told AFP that Trump's words were nothing new.

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