A source familiar with the meeting told CNN's Jake Tapper the President did not refer to Haiti as a "shithole" country but Trump did ask why the United States needs more Haitians and pushed to "take them out" of the deal.
Mr Trump's insults - along with his rejection of the bipartisan immigration deal drafted by six senators - also threatened to further complicate efforts to extend protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, many of whom were brought to the USA as children and remain there illegally. They sparked bipartisan backlash to the president, with many lawmakers calling them un-American or unhelpful. "You've seen the comments in the press".
Ghana's former president John Dramani Mahama, whom Akufo-Addo defeated in elections just a month after Trump's own win at the polls, on Twitter asked: "Isn't Trump demonstrating that he's nothing but a racist and pursuing a policy of "Make America White Again"?"
After an emergency session to discuss Mr Trump's remarks, a group of 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations said it was "concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the U.S. administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of colour". It is a view of America that was embraced by some large numbers of voters, who cheered Trump's vision of a fortress America, where dark-skinned immigrants were kept out by a great wall.
U.S. President Donald Trump waves from the steps of Marine One helicopter upon his departure after his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., January 12, 2018. Lindsay Graham, suggested the reported remarks were accurate: "Following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him".
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". Selling this to the American public required a certain level of acceptance among them for the argument that the lives of the people of the third world are less valuable than those of the white people of the United States. We all live in the same house, the American house.
"To believe otherwise is to oppose the very idea of America", he said.
"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" "Our immigration policy should reflect that truth, and our elected officials, including our President, should respect it".
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The US ambassador in Botswana was summoned on Friday by the government to hear complaints about Trump's reported remarks: "The Government of Botswana, today summoned the US Ambassador to Botswana to express its displeasure at the alleged utterances made by the President of the US", the country's foreign ministry said in a statement posted on Twitter.
Although the President denied he had used such language on Friday, Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of IL, the lone Democrat present in the Oval Office at the time, said Trump's denial was false and the president had said things that were "hate-filled, vile and racist". Two Trump allies who were in attendance, Sens. Although it is being taken as a denial of the "sh*thole" comment, Mr. Trump did not specifically reference that phrase in his denial.
Trump denies using the term.
Biden weighed in after the president on Twitter denied making the comment as reported, although Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of IL directly contradicted him.
Clinton piled on, bringing up the anniversary of the devastating natural disaster that struck Haiti in 2010 and using it as a club to hit at her former rival.
In a separate part of the conversation about the diversity visa lottery, the source said, Trump referred to people coming from Africa as coming from "shithole countries".
"This is not an example of a leak that shows the president to be a jerk", Naftali said.