More than 150 years after the abolition of slavery and more than 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, President Donald Trump's incendiary comments about immigrants have ripped open a jarring debate in the United States and around the world: Is the American president racist? President, are you a racist?' asked American Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent April Ryan on Friday.
"The point is, if you have a Ph.D., I don't care what country you're from, we want you", Barry Bennett, a former Trump adviser, told The Hill newspaper.
Trump won 80 percent of the white evangelical vote in the 2016 election.
Still, conservative Christians remain as polarized as ever over his leadership.
Durbin and Graham pitched Trump on the outlines of a deal they and others in a six-senator bipartisan group made to resolve the legal status of Dreamers, the young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S.as children. A few offered some criticism.
Dean Rusk, a supporter of the war and later Secretary of State, gloated about the American atrocities in the Korean War when he said that the U.S. bombed "everything that moved in North Korea, every brick standing on top of another".
Trump's comments hit hard in Haiti, which on Friday marked the anniversary of a 2010 quake that killed between 220,000 and 300,000 people.
US President Donald Trump desperately sought Friday to quell a growing storm triggered by his reported description of African nations, Haiti and El Salvador as "shithole" countries, in a slur denounced as "racist" by the United Nations.
But they also thanked those Americans "from all walks of life who have condemned the remarks".
The alleged remarks were said to have also been made in reference to Haiti and El Salvador.
In a series of tweets on Friday morning, Trump said the language used by him at the meeting was "tough, but this was not the language used", stressing that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians".
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After beating the main game, players can take part in two interwoven Ballon World competitive modes: "Hide it" and "Find it". NPD has yet to share an official press release on the sales of consoles and games during the month of December 2016.
When it came to talk of extending protections for Haitians, Mr Durbin said the president replied: "We don't need more Haitians".
Durbin also recounted a "heartbreaking moment" when Trump and others "scoffed" at his comments about the importance of family-based immigration.
Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor of Anacostia River Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Washington, said his church includes Christians from Rwanda, Nigeria, Guyana, Cameroon and Zimbabwe.
While Trump has publicly denied making the remarks, he reportedly called close friends to weigh their reactions to the controversy, denied he was racist and blamed the media for distorting the meaning of his words.
Where someone is born will never determine whether they deserve dignity. Church members worked with more than 4,000 Rwandan churches providing health care, training pastors and helping orphan, among other projects. As its numbers shrink in North America and Western Europe, the Christian population is exploding in Africa, Asia and elsewhere, creating ties across borders.
"He has not only insulted Africans, he has also insulted African-Americans", said Sylvester Odion Akhaine, associate professor of global relations at the Lagos State University in Nigeria.
"I heard many Africans say they were dumbfounded by this", Johnson said.
The president suggested that instead, the USA should allow more entrants from countries like Norway.
Colville warns that comments by a major political figure, such as the president of the United States, can have damaging and risky consequences.
The New York Times reported the same comment, citing unnamed people with direct knowledge of the meeting.