MLK's Nephew: Trump Isn't 'Racist in the Traditional Sense'

Mr Trump's reported remarks sparked fury and disbelief

Mr Trump's reported remarks sparked fury and disbelief

The plan stalled Thursday after Trump called some African nations, El Salvador and Haiti "s-hole" countries at a meeting that included several members of Congress.

He also said that the Democrats "made up" the story, claiming that he referred to Haiti as a "sh*thole country", emphasizing that he had never said "anything derogatory about Haitians".

When it came to talk of extending protections for Haitians, Mr Durbin said the president replied: "We don't need more Haitians". "I have not read one of them that's inaccurate".

The president's tacky and racist remarks came in response to a senator's request for Trump to reinstate the temporary protected status for Haitians and Salvadorans.

Developing countries do have difficulties, but they are not "shithole countries", Duarte said, while calling Trump's remarks as "unfortunate". Botswana called the comments "reprehensible and racist". Why should we accept any less from the President of the United States of America? But there can be no disagreement among Republicans or Democrats that Trumps language and the message it sends to the world cannot stand. Friday morning, Trump took to Twitter to say the language he used at the meeting "was tough", but insisted the words being reported "was not the language used".

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo on Saturday said Donald Trump's reported description of African nations as "shithole countries" was unacceptable, while his predecessor branded the USA head of state a racist. With some lawmakers present at the oval office meeting refusing to confirm Trump's comments, and two more contending they simply don't recall, it seems unlikely a presidential mea culpa is forthcoming. The details of the proposal have not been publicised, but the President said: "The so-called bipartisan DACA deal. was a big step backwards".

In a series of tweets early Friday, Trump denied using the phrase.

Trump held a televised meeting earlier this week at the White House with congressional Democrats and Republicans on comprehensive immigration reform - which would nearly certainly include protection for young illegal immigrants, known as DREAMers, in exchange for Trump's U.S. - Mexico border wall and the elimination of so-called "chain migration". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!", the President tweeted.

"The words used by the president, as related to me directly following the meeting by those in attendance, were not 'tough, ' " he said, taking issue with the president's tweet.

Akufo-Addo's predecessor, John Dramani Mahama, also criticized Trump's comments Saturday.

Botswana said it had summoned the USA ambassador to that country to "express its displeasure" and had asked him whether Botswana "is regarded as a "sh**hole" country".

Senior congressman Mike Simpson said: "The rhetoric just makes it more hard, and that's unfortunate".

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