African countries demand Trump apology

President Donald Trump gestures as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base Md. Friday Jan. 12 2018 to travel to Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach Fla

'I'm not a racist': Trump's denial after 's***hole countries' controversy

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.

On Thursday, Trump was meeting lawmakers to discuss a proposal for an immigration plan when he reportedly grew agitated as the conversation turned to citizens of Haiti and El Salvador, and immigrants from the African continent. Richard Durbin, the Senate's second-ranking Democrat, appeared to confirm those reports on Friday.

The president said at the White House that "love was central" to the slain civil rights leader.

"The African Union Mission wishes to express its infuriation, disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, which remarks dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity", the union said in a statement.

Immigration activists and even members of Congress have cautioned the Trump administration against sending Haitian immigrants back.

"He said those hateful things, and he said them repeatedly", Durbin told reporters, confirming several reports of the heated Oval Office meeting a day earlier.

Last fall, the Department of Homeland Security canceled the Temporary Protected Status for Haitian immigrants.

A Haitian immigrant who lives in Maryland says he hopes most Americans see it differently.

"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican from Florida, criticized Mr. Trump's comments about Haitians.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein weighed in on Twitter, calling Trump's comments "disgusting" and that they diminish America's standing in the world.

"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", said Sen. President Trump is clearly more concerned with ending the future flow of immigrants from Africa and the African diaspora than providing relief to Dreamers who came here through no fault of their own. "There is no other word but "racist".

Trump tweeted Friday morning that he used "tough" language at the meeting, but not the reported vulgarity.

President Donald Trump's dismissal of Haiti and certain African countries with a vulgar expression has created a furor.

The White House did not deny Trump's comments in the meeting initially, instead referring to the presidents nationalistic views.

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