African continent unites against President Trump's alleged offensive slur

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

Africans 'alarmed' by Trump's comments about their continent

As the son of a Haitian immigrants and pastor of the largely Haitian Kingdom Church in Orlando, Pastor Jacques says he's disheartened by President's Trump's comments about Haiti.

Donald Trump's reported remark branding Haiti, El Salvador and unspecified African nations as has been branded racist by a UN human rights official.

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

In the past few days, the paper reported, "the tension on the theme of immigration has risen noticeably" with Trump and a bipartisan group from Congress meeting January 11 to discuss a measure that would keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program intact, but also include Trump's demands for a border wall.

When asked about the comments directly, President Trump had no comment.

There also has been a larger industry discussion on whether to label the president of the United States as a "racist" - on air and in chyrons - on television.

"Those comments are, frankly, disgusting", Lemon continued.

This was the white nationalist vision of America that was promoted by Trump and his disgraced adviser Steve Bannon in the campaign. The news anchor also addressed Trump supporters.

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In Haiti, on the eighth anniversary of a devastating natural disaster that killed about 220,000 people, the government also summoned the top United States diplomat for an explanation, while the Haitian ambassador to Washington called for an apology. "I hope you are", Lemon said.

The White House previously hadn't denied the remarks had been said.

"His supporters made excuses, continue to make excuses for him".

"He said: 'Put me down for wanting more Europeans to come to this country. But he is a racist".

The controversial remarks have already prompted an angry response from other countries, namely Haiti, which reportedly summoned U.S. officials for an explanation. "And he said them repeatedly", Durbin told reporters Friday. "Because you might learn that people from some of those 'shithole countries" were slaves who were brought by force to help build this country".

Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, called the White House to tell Trump that a bipartisan group of senators had struck a deal to put Dreamers on a path to citizenship, beef up border security and take other steps to change immigration laws.

"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

According to the National Post, Trump, while speaking to supporters privately, said that he was "only expressing what many people think but won't say about immigrants from economically depressed countries".

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