TV anchor, daughter of Haitian immigrants, delivers epic rebuttal to Trump

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Trump criticised immigration to his country from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, by calling the group "shithole countries" at a meeting with Congress members at the White House on Thursday, according to USA media.

"We would not deign to make comments as derogatory as that about any country that has any kind of socio-economic or other difficulties", Duarte said, adding that much like their African counterparts, millions of United States citizens were affected by problems such as unemployment.

Shortly after, he tweeted "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". Why do we want all these people from Africa here? "I expect that our assistance program would continue pretty much as they are", Jackson told Joy News. Many advocates said the comments shed light on why the Trump administration last fall stripped Haitians of Temporary Protected Status - specialized protection granted to people from countries experiencing significant turmoil - in which it would be unsafe for its citizens to return.

Reaction from Republicans on the president's reported remarks have been mixed. The United Nations human rights body said the comments, if confirmed, were "racist". "And he said them repeatedly".

He later tweeted: "I don't believe the Democrats really want to see a deal on DACA".

First Baptist Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress defended explicit comments by President Trump, where he referred to Haiti and some African nations as "shithole countries".

"Following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday", said Graham, who was part of a bipartisan proposal on immigration that Trump rejected at the meeting.

Trump essentially denied using the language but that did not deter liberals and Trump-haters from feeding into the frenzy that followed.

He has been backed by two Republicans who were at the White House meeting, but Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said Mr Trump called African countries "shitholes" several times and used "racist" language.

"I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", the president said. "Sorry, but there is no other word one can use but ´racist´", Rupert Colville, spokesman for the United Nations human rights office, told reporters in Geneva.

Akufo-Addo's predecessor, John Dramani Mahama, also criticized Trump's comments Saturday.

The language came after lawmakers discussed restoring protections for immigrants living in Haiti and Africa than from places like Norway.

Haitian President Jovenel Moise's government issued a strongly worded statement denouncing what it called a "racist" depiction of Haiti.

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

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