Haitian, religious communities reject President Trump's comments

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

Trump acknowledges 'tough' language but appears to deny 'shithole' remark

The Republican president's comments were decried as racist by African and Haitian politicians, by the United Nations human rights office and by USA lawmakers from both major parties. "I'm Don Lemon. The president of the United States is racist".

Reacting to the comment in a tweet posted at 6:56 p.m. Mr Mahama expressed shock over the United States president's action and charged the African Union (AU) to condemn same. I have not read one of them that's inaccurate.

Networks are grappling with a real dilemma on how to report what the president's use of the swear word. It is not true.

Media reports said Trump used the offensive term when Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham reported to him on a newly-written immigration bill.

El Salvador's foreign ministry said the U.S. president had "implicitly" accepted the use of "harsh terms detrimental to the dignity of El Salvador and other countries". The exact word used by the present. "Not just once but repeatedly", said Durbin.

"When it came to the issue of quote, chain migration, I said to the president, "Do you realize how painful that term is to so many people?"

Thousands of African and Haitian immigrants call North Texas home, and many were shocked and disappointed in the comments. But I've never met a Haitian who isn't strong, ' he says with conviction.

"It was a heartbreaking moment", Durbin said. Do we need more Haitians?' "Then he went on and he started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure".

Trump said in a series of Friday morning tweets: "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

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"Trump derides protections for immigrants from "shithole" countries," at the Washington Post.

Mr Durbin disputed the president's account.

Trump denied making the comments, but it hasn't stopped people from coming down hard on him. The comments, allegedly made by Trump, have also prompted widespread accusations of racism and disrespect towards other nations.

But Republican Del. Pat McDonough tells WJZ Trump isn't the only president to use rough language in the White House, and he supports the president on immigration.

At the United Nations on Friday, when VOA asked Norway's foreign minister for reaction to the president's comments, Norway's foreign minister replied "I don't think right now", before hurrying to a meeting with the UN secretary-general. 'The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel.

"I believe that God loves people from Haiti, or El Salvador, or any other country as much as he does Americans".

Trump is anathema to time-honored American values that foster a melting pot of cultures, skills and religions, that welcome refugees.

Botswana also said it had summoned the USA ambassador to that country, Earl Miller, to "express its displeasure" and had asked Miller whether Botswana "is regarded as a "s**thole" country".

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