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'I never said sh*thole, though I did use tough language,' says Trump

14 January 2018

The remarks were uttered during a White House meeting with congressmen, with Trump questioning why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s***hole countries" in Africa, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

"He was very kind to the Haitians, he was very eloquent to them, and he was the first president to (have) ever visited Haitians, and he said he was going to be the champion of Haitians", Haitian-American Georges Sami Saati said.

"It might happen once or twice without CNN executives being aware, but it wouldn't continue if they were not OK", former CNN executive Jon Klein said.

Trump's comments were allegedly made on Thursday at a White House meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform.

Trump has categorically denied using the term, tweeting on Friday: "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

The Washington Post reported that Trump made the comment during an Oval Office meeting with immigration negotiators including Sens.

"Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?"

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As Haitian-Americans gathered later in the day in Little Haiti to commemorate the 8-year anniversary of the devastating quake that hit Haiti, many expressed their outrage about the president's comment.

Special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants, that has protected them from deportation following the 2010 quake, will end next year following a Trump administration ruling last month.

Americans from Memphis to Minneapolis, Bakersfield to Brooklyn, should be disturbed and offended by clearly racist remarks that came directly from the lips of the USA president on Thursday.

Most of Maine's congressional delegation has condemned President Trump's reported description of Haiti, El Salvador and several African nations as "shithole" countries.

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, said President Donald Trump has "stooped to a new level" Saturday.

The African Union (AU), an organisation which promotes cooperation on the continent, said it was alarmed by Trump's "very racist" comments.

US President Donald Trump sparked global furore after reportedly using the phrase "shithole countries" to describe Haiti and African countries this week. He wrote, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

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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". "The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel", he said.

It is instructive that the White House did not deny the initial news reports.

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"How terrible for the U.S. - such a great country- to have such a poor leader on the global front", one person tweeted.

Trump's denial came among a series of other tweets in which he defended his immigration stance.

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", he said. Nana Akufo-Addo, who assumed the presidency a year ago, made the comments on his Twitter account Saturday (Jan. 13). I want safety and security for our people.

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'I never said sh*thole, though I did use tough language,' says Trump