Decades after Wilson left office, President Richard Nixon made inflammatory comments about blacks, Jews and others in private discussions, including saying, "Do you know maybe one black country that's well run?"
"The African Union Mission wishes to express its infuriation, disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, which remarks dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity", the African Union mission to the United States said in a blistering statement. Later in the morning (Jan. 12), he deflected the blame, tweeting: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". Even after his Muslim bans, even after his cancellation of Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans fleeing war and Haitians fleeing the aftermath of earthquakes and hurricanes, even after discarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Trump was initially praised for his courage to do what neither Presidents Obama or Bush could do: finally provide concrete legislative solutions on immigration.
The White House had made clear that Trump's examination would not include a psychiatric exam. Results of past presidential physicals have included basic data like weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
However, some senators have debunked Trump's response.
Many of Nixon's comments only came to light years later, following the release of tapes from his White House years. "There are millions of unemployed people in the U.S., millions of people who don't have health care services or access to education and we would not deign to make comments as derogatory as that", said Jessie Duarte, the deputy secretary general of the African National Congress (ANC).
Trump criticised immigration to his country from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, by calling the group "shithole countries". He's said to have questioned why the United States would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s--hole countries" in Africa.
It was already past midnight Friday when the news arrived in Norway: President Trump told members of Congress that the United States needed more immigrants from places like Norway and fewer immigrants from countries like Haiti. As top recipients of USA aid, some hesitated to jeopardize it by criticizing Trump, especially as his administration has sought to slash foreign assistance. Trump met this week with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
Republicans are hoping these numbers help them in this fall's midterm elections, where the House and Senate majorities enjoyed by the GOP may be in jeopardy - in part because of Trump's low approval numbers.
But Norwegians and their Scandinavian cousins on Twitter chose to mock Mr Trump and America itself instead by asking why they would want to go to a country without free healthcare and rampant gun crime. Trump spent about three hours at the medical facility in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington, for the Friday afternoon checkup, his first as president, before departing for Florida for the weekend. He has said Mexican immigrants were "bringing crime" and were "rapists". He asserted that there were good people on both sides of a white supremacist rally and counterprotest that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va.
Durbin told reporters on Friday that throughout the president's remarks, Trump said "things which were hate-filled, vile and racist". But it wasn't just Democrats objecting. She said, "This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation" and called on Trump to apologize to the American people "and the nations he so wantonly maligned".
Senegal's foreign ministry also called in the US ambassador in Dakar to demonstrate its displeasure, a US State Department official said. Trump's fellow travelers have gone to great lengths to obscure this posture.
The Trump administration announced late past year 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.
Trump's history of racially inflammatory episodes traces back to his first days in the public eye.
As for Africa, he asked why more people from "s-thole countries" should be allowed into the US, the sources said.
The agreement that Durbin and Sen.
South African comedian Trevor Noah, star of "The Daily Show", described himself as an offended citizen of "South S***hole" and also criticised Trump's preferred choice of Norway for immigrants.