Cuba condemns Trump's "racist" statements on Haiti, El Salvador

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But Sen. Richard J. Durbin, a Democrat from IL who attended the meeting, said publicly Friday that Trump's apparent denial was false and that he repeatedly used the phrase.

"I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the Presidency", Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said in a tweet.

Graham released a statement saying that he "said [his] piece directly" to Trump, but not addressing whether the president had insulted any countries. "Why do we want people from Haiti here?". "I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist", Colville said.

Mr Trump'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've always believed that America is an idea, not definied by its people but by its ideals".

We shouldn't be evaluating immigrants on the basis of what they can do for us.

Sen. Richard "Dick" Durbin, responds to a question about the Cairo housing crisis, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, during the Paul Simon Institute's 20th anniversary at the Hiram H. Lesar Law Building auditorium. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA).

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

CNN's Don Lemon was not the only black anchor to call President Donald Trump what he is.

The White House said it's optimistic an agreement can be reached.

The AU Mission in Washington DC in a statement issued Friday January 12, 2018, condemned the American President's derogatory statement and demanded a retraction and apology. The legislation would provide a pathway to citizenship for so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the children, but would also incorporate other border and internal security provisions to try to appease Republicans. "What I think of these countries is actually very positive'". It took courage for what he did.

US President Donald Trump attended a physical examination at Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in Maryland on Friday. It'll become great when the country welcomes people seeking economic stability and a chance at the American dream, and families fleeing violence seeking a new, safe home simply because it's the right thing to do. As president, he criticized "both sides" after violence broke out following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", he wrote.

After an emergency session to weigh Trump's remarks, the African Group of United Nations ambassadors said it was "concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the USA administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of color". "Take them out", he said.

Then, Durbin said that the president began to describe immigration from Africa that would be protected under the bipartisan proposal.

Ryan made his remark Friday at a public forum at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.