'Shithole' epithet turned immigration debate into new Trump drama

U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday

Outrage over Trump slur on 'shithole' countries

'Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?' Trump said, according to two people who were briefed on the meeting and then leaked the comment to The Washington Post.

The reported remarks - which drew unanimous condemnation from African nations at the UN and resulted in at least two U.S. diplomats being called in by their hosts - are just the latest in a series of racially-charged comments by the president.

Trump on Friday claimed on Twitter that he didn't use the language attributed to him about Haitians, but neither he nor the White House has directly denied his comments on African countries.

President Donald Trump is "in excellent health", White House physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, said following his physical Friday.

Trump, who grew up in a Presbyterian family, shot back saying it was "disgraceful" for the pope to question his faith.

Some lawmakers there proposed restoring protections for immigrants from the countries and President Trump essentially told them NO.

Trump reportedly used the word "s**thole" to describe Haiti and El Salvador, as also African countries, while discussing immigration issues with United States lawmakers on Thursday. "We knew this at the inception of this administration and that was the lowest point in the history of our country to date", Cleveland said. Lindsey Graham, who was also at the meeting, seemed to confirm that report in a statement in which he said "following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday".

El Salvador's foreign minister said a formal protest had been made over the comments attributed to Trump.

Where someone is born will never determine whether they deserve dignity.

"Today, like many of my fellow Haitians and Haitian-Americans, I planned to mourn the dead". Trump's alleged comments came one day before the eighth anniversary of the natural disaster.

But Botswana's government called Trump's comment "reprehensible and racist", saying the US ambassador had been summoned to clarify whether the country was regarded so poorly after years of cordial relations.

The new statement expresses concern over the Trump administration's apparent increasing denigration of Africa "and people of colour".

He has since denied using the reported language.

USA missions went into damage control mode.

Africans woke up Friday to find U.S. President Donald Trump had finally taken an interest in their continent - but not in the way they had wanted.

Trump's language triggered a barrage of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans.

Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt had earlier tweeted that, judging by Solberg's visit, "keys to success with Trump are personal charm, a solid trade deficit with the United States and buying tons of U.S. military hardware". "We, along with the president, are committed to solving an issue many in Congress have failed to deliver on for decades", the statement said.

The resolution could be embarrassing for Trump if Republican leaders of the lower house allow a vote on it. The government of Botswana issued a statement Friday, condemning the remarks, calling them "irresponsible, reprehensible and racist", and urging other nations to take a stand against Trump's remarks.

In an oddly-timed coincidence, the United States president yesterday signed a declaration honoring killed civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr, three days before the federal holiday celebrated in his honor.

The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the president's tweets.

Trump's remarks were remarkable even by the standards of a president who has been accused of racism by his foes and who has routinely smashed through public decorum that his modern predecessors have generally embraced. "This is particularly surprising as the United States of America remains a global example of how migration gave birth to a nation built on strong values of diversity and opportunity".

It's outrageous that the President would have Americans believe that immigrants from certain countries are less deserving of an opportunity.

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