African Union blasts Trump for remark on 'shithole countries'

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Trump takes swipe at immigration 'from shithole countries'

Trump's remark reportedly came as lawmakers from both parties visited him to propose a bipartisan immigration deal, the BBC said.

Haiti's ambassador to the United States, Paul Alidor, said he had asked for an official explanation of the comments. Someone else in the room responded: "Because if you do, it will be obvious why".

"People are actually staying this country right now legally because Haiti is so bad, we don't think they should have to return".

The President met with Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Wednesday. He also called for ending the diversity visa lottery, a State Department program that gives residents of nations with few migrants coming to the USA a chance for a green card, and for ending family-based migration (called "chain migration" by its opponents) that allows extended family members of immigrants already in the US legally to come to the well.

He tweeted, "I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level. He will always reject temporary, weak and risky stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway". "There is no other word one can use but "racist"," United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a Geneva news briefing when asked about the comments.

Trump wasn't apologetic about his inflammatory remarks and denied he was racist, instead, blaming the media for distorting his meaning, the confidant said.

The furor comes as Haiti prepares to commemorate eight years since a 7.0-magnitude quake killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced many more.

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Trump has shown little respect for traditional behavior or concern about the horror that erupted when people he would describe as elites learned about his words in a Washington Post report.

"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.

President Donald Trump on Friday offered a partial denial in public but privately defended his extraordinary remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries a day earlier. During a 2016 campaign event in Miami, he said "the Haitian people deserve better" and told the audience of Haitian-Americans he wanted to "be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion".

The issue was more than "vulgar language", Colville said.

South African journalist Leanne Manas tweeted "good morning from the greatest most lovely "s-hole country" in the world!" South African Broadcasting Corporation anchor Leanne Manas tweeted.

"[The] President's slogan Make America Great Again is really code for Make America White Again", Richmond said.

Other county leaders reacted to Trump's reported Oval Office comments, which included a demand that Haitians in particular not be included in any immigration deal. He said Nigerians live in huts.

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