You must apologise to Africans, AU tells Donald Trump

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The White House did not deny the comment.

"I've never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the United States".

Haiti's ambassador in Washington has also asked for an apology, as Trump reportedly specifically questioned the protections granted to Haitian immigrants after the natural disaster.

Trump's crude words also spurred condemnation from the U.N. Rupert Colville, a human rights spokesman for the organization, said: "If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States". I don't comment on his tweets or anybody's tweets when I'm asked nearly hourly on Capitol Hill because it's a distraction, and it really is a distraction.

The tone of discussion had looked very different early on Thursday. "It was a heartbreaking moment".

Richard Durbin of IL, the lone Democrat present in the Oval Office at the time, said Trump's denial was false and the president had said things that were "hate-filled, vile and racist".

However, some senators have debunked Trump's response.

Republican Senator Tom Cotton and Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte were both there, as was White House aide Stephen Miller, a proponent of severely limiting immigration. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Bob Menendez, D-N.J., Durbin and Flake - are unknown. "They are all talk and no action", Trump tweeted.

"I don't think the Present Trump is a racist in the traditional sense as we know in this country", Farris Jr. said.

"In the business sense, I think we could go and get a lot of this done - and we need to".

Despite Trump's denial, one of the sponsors of the DACA deal who was present at the meeting, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), insisted the United States president indeed referred to the countries in question as "s***holes" multiple times during the gathering. "Incredible strength in the midst of tremendous adversity and challenges", Jepsen said.

The New York Times first reported in December that Trump said Haitian immigrants "all have AIDS" during a summer 2017 meeting about immigration. People from dozens of countries took their oaths of citizenship Friday in South Florida as news spread about their new president's alleged statement.

The body has since issued a statement calling for the U.S. leader to apologise for the remarks.

"He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly", insisted Sen. "We are now working to build support for that deal in Congress".