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African Union Blasts US's Trump For Remark About "Shithole Countries"

African Union Blasts US's Trump For Remark About

Trump's comments came during an Oval Office meeting where he questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation.

Trump did not respond to shouted questions about his comments as he signed a proclamation Friday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Cooper had to pause to collect himself while recalling the plight of a 5-year-old boy who was saved after being buried under rubble for seven days.

"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.

Trump's comments, made at a closed-door White House meeting, were a reaction to a plan to cut the number of people entering the US through its visa lottery program.

The comments came out of a closed-door meeting at the White House on Thursday and were first reported by The Washington Post.

The lawmakers had hoped Trump would back their accord, an agreement among six senators evenly split among Republicans and Democrats, ending a monthslong, bitter dispute over protecting the "dreamers".

House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer said: "President Trump's comments are racist and a disgrace".

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

The tweets suggest that Trump is interested in a system that would only accept individuals from certain countries and backgrounds in exchange for a DACA deal - as well as a much more substantial border investment than one year of funding and technology upgrades the lawmakers had presented.

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The South Asian country's Foreign Minister Bharat Raj Paudyal told CNN "we are aware of President Trump's comments, and our ministry is discussing the matter".

She added: "We would not deign to make comments as derogatory as that about any country that has any kind of socioeconomic or other difficulties".

But his political rise was fueled in part by the inaccurate claim that Barack Obama, the nation's first black president, wasn't born in the United States.

David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee and former UK Foreign Secretary, said the "Trump Administration (is) leading a race to the bottom on refugees and immigrants that is a betrayal of America's future as well as of its history". He said there were "very fine people on both sides" after violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left one counter-protester dead.

Responding to the remarks, AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo reminded Trump that many Africans "arrived in the United States as slaves", adding that Trump's profane statement "flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice". But it wasn't just Democrats objecting.

Republican Mia Love, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, said Mr Trump's comments were "unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation's values".

The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly describe the conversation.

Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said Trump's comments were "completely unacceptable", telling WPLG-TV in Miami that "if that's not racism, I don't know how you can define it".

In November, the Trump administration made a decision to end the status for immigrants from Haiti and Nicaragua.

Trump has spoken positively about Haitians in public.

Uganda's state minister for global relations, Henry Okello Oryem, said the comments were "unfortunate and regrettable", adding: "W e pray that the almighty god gives him wisdom to change his mind about people who are suffering and looking for safe haven in America".

In an afternoon of drama and confusing developments, four other GOP lawmakers - including hardliners on immigration - were also in Trump's office for Thursday's meeting, a development sources said Durbin and Graham did not expect. But she added, "We feel like we're close". "I don't get that", said No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn of Texas.


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