Trump reportedly made the remarks at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday (11 January) during which he questioned why the U.S. would want to accept immigrants from "shithole countries" - referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations. Richard Durbin of IL, the lone Democrat present in the Oval Office at the time, said Trump's denial was false and the president had said things that were "hate-filled, vile and racist".
Among his objections, Mr Trump said the United States "would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly". But from the moment he was sworn into office, the commander in chief has repeatedly shown an alarming level of ignorance - mixed with hate.
Kehrnde Isa who has a masters degree and is of Nigerian origin says those who agree with President Trump's remarks are mistaken.
Mr Trump reportedly made the remarks at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday.
Trump has categorically denied using the term, tweeting on Friday: "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" "There is a serious need for dialogue between the USA administration and the African countries".
In Haiti, on the eighth anniversary of a devastating natural disaster that killed about 220,000 people, the government also summoned the top U.S. diplomat for an explanation, while the Haitian ambassador to Washington called for an apology. The explosive remarks came during a conversation about the visa lottery program, which benefits some African countries, and about the temporary protected status given to immigrants from certain nations, including El Salvador and Haiti. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), told MSNBC that Graham confronted Trump on his remarks.
Others who attended the meeting have said that Trump questioned why the USA would accept immigrants from "shithole countries" like Haiti or those in Africa instead of places like Norway, whose prime minister he had met the day before.
In a statement, the African states demanded that Trump retract and apologize for his comment.
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At first, he admitted he had used "tough" language, yet simultaneously denied using the exact words the media was reporting on.
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"These comments are highly inappropriate & out of bounds and could hurt efforts for a bipartisan immigration agreement", she wrote. It noted that Trump's comments had immediately sparked "controversy and indignation".
"While expressing our shock, dismay and outrage, the African Union strongly believes that there is a huge misunderstanding of the African continent and its people by the current administration", the statement said.
The United Nations human rights office said the reported use of the expletive to describe Africa and other countries could "potentially damage and disrupt the lives of many people".
"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" the Washington Post quoted him as saying.
Meanwhile, on Fox News, primetime host Tucker Carlson vociferously defended the president's reported comment.