'S**thole' countries hit back at Trump

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"It was so disturbing this morning to hear President Trump's comments reported all over the news calling my poor native land and African countries "shithole" nations", Jean said in the statement to The Canadian Press.

USA politicians from both parties condemned Mr Trump, with Mia Love, the Republican Representative and daughter of Haitian immigrants, saying the comments were "unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation's values".

They also spurred a harsh reaction from the United Nations, with rights office spokesman Rupert Colville describing them as "shocking and shameful".

Trump on Friday denied using certain "language", but didn't offer more specifics.

"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes" whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome", he added.

She said Trump's alleged comments were "completely unacceptable", telling WPLG-TV in Miami, "If that's not racism, I don't know how you can define it".

"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice", African Union spokesperson Ebba Kalondo said.

Botswana summoned the US Ambassador to "clarify if Botswana is regarded as a "shithole".

The United States should seek immigrants from Norway instead, he reportedly said.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine told Patty Wight of Maine Public Radio that the president should not denigrate citizens of other countries and that "it does not help us come up with a bipartisan approach to immigration". The New York Times later reported the same comment. At the same time, he didn't explicitly state that Trump said "shithole countries".

Trump is reacting on Twitter Friday, after reports that he questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s***hole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway.


In exchange, the deal would end extended family "chain migration".

At this moment, our lawmakers are negotiating for a solution for DREAMers.

Their future, he insisted, "should not be used as a bargaining chip to negotiate the most severe and restrictive immigration and security measures possible".

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough", he tweeted, "but this was not the language used".

At Thursday's White House meeting, Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham briefed the president on the newly drafted, bipartisan immigration bill.

Trump yesterday denied making "derogatory" comments about the people of Haiti.

Congressional Black Caucus leader Cedric Richmond said that Trump's comments are "proof" that his Make America Great Again slogan really means "Make America White Again". "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians".

Democrats seized on Trump's slur to suggest he is anti-immigrant or worse.

First, it's important to note that more people are leaving this country for Norway than the other way around.

Some Trump supporters backed the president by arguing in defense of the spirit of what he was trying to say - that Americans do not benefit from taking in immigrants from third-world countries. During the meeting, according to several sources, Trump was flabbergasted by the inclusion of these countries in the deal.

Meanwhile, South Africa's governing African National Congress party took to Twitter to chide Trump over his "offensive" choice of words. Trump has showed, time and time again, that the people who voted for him are the only people he's interested in appealing to and whether Trump gets reelected in 2020 or not, it will likely take years, if not decades, to fix the damage he has made in regards to race relations.

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