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".
The Washington Post reported Thursday that Trump asked, "Why are we having all these people from s-hole countries come here?" during the lawmakers meeting at the White House.
Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein called the comments "beneath the dignity of the presidency" and said Trump's desire to see more immigrants from countries like Norway was "an effort to set this country back generations by promoting a homogeneous, white society".
In a series of tweets on Friday morning, Trump said the language used by him at the meeting was "tough, but this was not the language used", stressing that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians".
Trump denied that he ever used the term "shithole countries" to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African nations, though he admitted using "tough" language in the meeting. "We will probably hear more from him".More news: Search Efforts Continue After California Mudslides Killed At Least 15
The group of United Nations diplomats said it was "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks".
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. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems. He said Twitter denials by Trump are "not true".
"When Trump uttered his vulgar attacks yesterday against Haitians and Africans, he exposed the white supremacy at the core of US policy towards Haiti", the statement said.
One woman he interviewed said she might consider trying the American dream: "If they get a new president".
"It is not true", said Durbin, who was one of the lawmakers at the Oval Office meeting.More news: Plane skids off runway and dangles over a cliff
Durbin said when the issue of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitian immigrants in the USA was raised, the president responded "Haitians".
Racism has a strong ally in President Donald Trump.
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