African ambassadors to UN blast Donald Trump remark as 'racist'

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The reported language was the latest in a long string of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim comments by Trump that have been condemned as racist.

The Republican president sought to walk back comments he reportedly made to senators on Thursday at the meeting, saying, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

Trump said Durbin and Graham - two seasoned lawmakers - should come to the White House for a meeting at noon. As for Africa, he asked why more people from "shithole countries" should be allowed into the US, the sources said.

Haiti said it was shocked by Trump's reported remarks on Thursday and summoned the top U.S. diplomat in the country, asking for an apology if the vulgar term had been used. Trump reportedly said. "Take them out". "I have no business there", a woman added. Watch a clip below, where Colbert then talks about Trump's alleged quotes about preferring immigrants from Norway.

New York's Haitian community honored the eighth anniversary of the quake that devastated their country Friday - and denounced President Trump's remark that the island nation was "a shithole".

El Salvador slammed them as "deplorable".

He instead told lawmakers the U.S. should be taking in migrants from countries like Norway, whose prime minister had just visited, according to USA media.

President Donald Trump's vulgar remark disparaging Haitians and African countries didn't surprise a local scholar who teaches at Winston-Salem State University.

"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes", whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome", said United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville. Trump and Congress are trying to resolve it after Trump ended the program.

The African Group of UN ambassadors is "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks by the president of the United States of America as widely reported by the media", a statement said.

The comment "truly flies in the face of accepted behaviour and practice", said Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU chief Moussa Faki.

"Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation", Shah said in a statement after the meeting. "Why do we need more Haitians?"

Meanwhile government of Botswana has summoned the USA ambassador of its country to express its displeasure at the comments and asked the ambassador to clarify if Botswana "is regarded as a "shithole" country" in lieu of the alleged comments from President Trump.

This is not the first time Trump has rubbed Africans up the wrong way - he was widely derided past year after he twice referred to Namibia as "Nambia". "Ours is not a shithole country".

In Kenya, East Africa's economic hub, political activist Boniface Mwangi pleaded: Please don't confuse the. leaders we Africans elect with our handsome continent.

"He didn't shock me that he would say something like that", said Roy Doron, an associate professor of history at WSSU.

He was immediately denounced as a "racist" who praised white immigrants over ethnic minorities with the United Nations calling the comments "shocking and shameful".

"We are the ones who defeated slavery and freed ourselves in 1804", Aubry said, remarking that until the 1960s black people in the United States were subject to legal segregation from whites. "We have consistently been portrayed as shitty people from shitty countries".

"I am an African and very proud of my continent".

Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as "shithole countries" after triggering global outrage. "We even made the ultimate sacrifice when we shed our blood in Savannah", the ambassador said. In addition, he just completed his routine physical exam and the results concerning his health are good news for Trump. "For one, Donald Trump isn't their president".

She adds that "we believe that a statement like this hurts our shared global values on diversity, human rights and reciprocal understanding".

The controversy, stemming from discussions about whether to include immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and African countries in an immigration bill, appears to have dimmed chances of reaching a deal on immigration in the coming weeks.

"He didn't just name a white country, he named the whitest - so white they wear moon-screen", he said.

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