Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Maine's congressional delegation denounces Trump's reported vulgar remarks

Maine's congressional delegation denounces Trump's reported vulgar remarks

All 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations decried Donald Trump's reported remarks as "outrageous, racist, and xenophobic" on Friday, a day after U.S. media reported that Trump had referred to African states, Haiti, and El Salvador as "s***hole countries".

African politicians and diplomats labelled US President Donald Trump a racist on Friday (local time) after he was reported to have described some immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from "s***hole" countries.

Trump wrote in a tweet that reports he made the comments during a White House meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform were false.

Trump denied in a pair of tweets on Friday that he made the comment, but referred to Haiti as a "very poor and troubled country". He said Trump used the most vulgar term "more than once".

Sen. Dick Durbin, the lone Democrat in the meeting, confirmed the comments Friday morning, calling the words "hate filled, vile and racist".

A source familiar with the meeting told CNN's Jake Tapper the President did not refer to Haiti as a "shithole" country but Trump did ask why the United States needs more Haitians and pushed to "take them out" of the deal.

"Following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday", Graham said in a statement.

Many social media users accused the president of being a "pathological liar" with one person saying: "Nobody believes you Trump!"

Mr Durbin told reporters of Trump's continued slurs. "We, along with the president, are committed to solving an issue many in Congress have failed to deliver on for decades".

"This says a lot about what Trump thinks it means to be an American".

The senators are working to codify the protections in DACA.

It is alleged Trump questioned why the U.S. would accept more people from Haiti and "sh**hole countries".

Congresswoman Mia Love did not take Trump's utterances too lightly and released a statement addressing them.

"I do appreciate their support and I'd like to continue their support and not be distracted by any false messages that can be propagated about Haitian people", he said.

More and more countries and organizations are joining the worldwide chorus of condemnation of President Trump's racially-charged comments while speaking to lawmakers in the Oval Office on Thursday. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. The statement also noted that the president wanted immigrants who "contribute" and can "assimilate".

The remark reinvigorated accusations that Trump is a racist, and it was embraced online by white supremacists David Duke and Richard Spencer.

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