Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Amid Outcry, Trump Denies Using Offensive Remarks to Describe Haiti, African Countries

Amid Outcry, Trump Denies Using Offensive Remarks to Describe Haiti, African Countries

Trump reportedly grew animated and exploded at lawmakers in the Oval Office while they were hammering out a bipartisan deal to protect immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Meanwhile, South Africa's governing African National Congress party took to Twitter to chide Trump over his "offensive" choice of words.

"In the course of his comments", Durbin said, Trump "said things which were hate-filled, vile, and racist".

Ryan said his ancestors were Irish and "were really looked down upon". The African Union said it was "frankly alarmed" and the United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said the comments, "I'm sorry but there is no other word for this but racist".

Among other objections, Trump said the plan did not provide proper funding for the proposed wall that he made a centre-piece of his election campaign.

"As individual Christians, we have a biblical responsibility to place the needs of others above our own, but as Commander-in-Chief, President Trump has the constitutional responsibility to place the interest of our nation above the needs of other countries".

"I have seen the comments in the press, I have not read one of them that's inaccurate", Durbin told reporters in Chicago.

Ahead of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 15, President Trump signed a proclamation to honor the slain civil rights legend.

President Donald Trump's latest outburst about immigrants from "sh*thole" African countries is far from his first time making racist statements.

In a video published in the CNN, US senator Dick Durbin said that Trump "said things which were hate-filled, vile, and racist", adding that "I can not believe that in the history of the White House, and that of Office, any president has ever spoken those words".

A prominent evangelical supporter of President Donald Trump's is standing by him after Trump used a vulgarity to describe African countries. The tagline adds, "Trump spews vicious slur against immigrants". Several witnesses say he named Haiti and El Salvador as examples, two predominantly non-white countries, and suggested we should be more inviting to people from Norway instead. The reports about the language used in the meeting referenced in this story have affected negotiations over DACA, they have had diplomatic repercussions and they are renewing charges of racism aimed at the president.

Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians. he said, 'Hatians?"

"Why do we need more Haitians?". He did not specifically deny using the word "s***hole".

On Friday morning, the president wrote a tweet denying that he said "anything derogatory about Haitians", a claim denied by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), who was present at the immigration reform meeting.

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