African nations demand Trump retract, apologize for 'shithole' remark

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He suggested in a statement Friday that the president had said something questionable, but Graham did not directly say Trump had used the term "sh-hole" to describe African countries.

He was referring to comments reportedly made by Trump during a meeting on Thursday with lawmakers about immigration reform, demanding to know why the United States should accept citizens from "shithole" countries.

"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "s***holes" whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome", he added. But Trump later denied calling countries in Africa and elsewhere "shithole countries", saying he used tough language but not the pejorative expression attributed to him.

The remarks were allegedly made when lawmakers visited him on Thursday to discuss a bipartisan proposal that would impose new restrictions on immigration but protect the so-called "Dreamers" - hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children - from deportation.

He is also a design engineer in the defense industry and a Haitian immigrant who says the portrayal of his country is offensive.

"There is a serious need for dialogue between the US Administration and the African countries", the statement said.

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", White House spokesman Raj Shah told reports on Thursday.

"And if they say we don't have that, say, 'Well, look again, '" she added.

Beyond the glaring racism, Trump's off-the-cuff remark revealed another aspect of his mentality: he wants successful immigrants only.

On Friday, President Trump denied making the comments - only saying on Twitter that "the language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". "He said those hateful things".

"Made up by Dems", he tweeted.

"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. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Former VP Joe Biden also had choice words about Trump's language, tweeting, "It's not what a president should believe". He called a proposal made at the immigration meeting "a big setback for DACA". "Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and U.S. would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime. countries which are doing badly".

The tentative deal also addresses border security, including a border wall, the diversity visa lottery and chain migration. I will not be diverted from all possible efforts to continue negotiating to stop the deportations.

The president's tacky and racist remarks came in response to a senator's request for Trump to reinstate the temporary protected status for Haitians and Salvadorans.

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