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Trump Comments, Violent Africans, Set Up America's Interests Back

17 January 2018

Rep. John Lewis told Joy Behar he "couldn't be at home with myself" if he attended Trump's inauguration.

The fallout over Trump's alleged remarks continues overseas as well, where leaders and diplomats representing Haiti, El Salvador and a multitude of African countries have expressed outrage.

Republicans struggled to get their stories straight Tuesday as President Donald Trump's Homeland Security secretary became the latest GOP official to offer an inconclusive version of a meeting in which Trump is said to have used vulgar remarks that have been criticized as racist.

Trump last week rejected an immigration deal drafted by a bipartisan group of senators. "It was a meeting of 12 people".

As if the negotiations weren't fraught enough, there are also sharp disagreements over a disaster aid package for Texas, Florida and other places devastated by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. And they - they said those words were used before those words went public. Years from now, when you ask Africans when they lost faith in America, don't be surprised if they tell you it was the day a USA president labeled their country a "shithole".

The president's comments also drew criticism from both Democrats and Republicans in New Jersey's congressional delegation.

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Even conservative commentators confirmed the president's remarks. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said during a charged Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday.

And with the midterm elections approaching, there are fresh fears among Republicans who were already anxious over the political climate going into November - and over Trump's unpredictable actions.

The Washington Times reported that a broadcast standards advocacy group has filed a complaint against NBC over its airing of expletives while reporting on last week's immigration meeting. "They were not made", Trump said.

"Dr. King's dream is our dream, it is the American dream, it's the promise stitched into the fabric of our nation, etched into the hearts of our people and written into the soul of humankind", Trump said in the address, which he tweeted out to his followers.

On Sunday, Donald Trump responded to reporters' questions about his alleged "sh*thole countries" comment last Thursday, and whether or not he was a racist.

The minister on Monday summoned the USA ambassador to clarify issues regarding the alleged "shithole" remark made by Trump. Trump wasn't apologetic and denied he was racist, instead blaming the media for distorting his meaning, said the confidant, who wasn't authorized to disclose a private conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity. Since then, there's been extensive back-and-forth from the White House and other meeting attendees about what, exactly, the president said, which remains in dispute.

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"Close this deal", Graham added, speaking directly to Trump.

"What I heard I didn't like", Graham said. He said Durbin and Republican Sen.

Sen. Tom Cotton, one of the lawmakers summoned to the Oval Office by the president to counter the Durbin-Graham proposal, blasted Durbin's account of the meeting in an interview. I can't make anybody change but me.

Perdue said Sunday on ABC's "This Week: "I am telling you that he did not use that word".

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The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria said on Friday that the U.S. commitment to Africa's "continued growth and success is unwavering".

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The key message, the official said: Emphasize that the United States has a "deep respect" for people from Africa and that the USA relationship with any county is deeper than any one comment.