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Media figures label Trump racist after immigration remarks

Media figures label Trump racist after immigration remarks

In 1924, a set of laws was passed that set quotas limiting the number of people admitted to this country based on where they came from, with a goal of preserving the United States' ethnic homogeneity. One said lawmakers in the room were taken aback by Trump's remarks.

In South Africa, the ruling party declared "ours is not a s***hole country" and described Trump as "extremely offensive". Trump asked at a meeting with congress members at the White House, reports said on Thursday, citing people with knowledge on the conversation.

The reaction was prompted by a request for protection of immigrants from Haiti, African nations, and El Salvador as part of a bipartisan immigration plan. "This type of language is counterproductive and undermines the USA and our relations around the world".

Prominent Kenyan commentator Patrick Gathara, told AFP that Trump's words were nothing new from a "racist and ignorant" administration, nor from the West at large.

Johnson rejected Trump's claim in a 2015 CNN interview in which the President said he was "the least racist person", declaring that "he's a racist both in his actions and his words". Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. "Our country is better than this".

The Trump administration has spoken little about how it wants to engage with African countries, focusing its foreign policy instead on issues like North Korea and Islamic State.

"Botswana government is wondering why Trump use such kind of disruptor as well as derogatory word when talking about countries with whom the United States has had cordial and mutual bilateral relations for so many years", reads part of the statement. "Come here, poor, uneducated, but with a desire to work and improve and you can do it, and we will work with you to do it".

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When word got out, Trump rose to his own defense immediately, tweeting: "The language used by me in the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime.

Trump's political allies have been through this dance before, grappling with how to position themselves after a president whose supporters they covet stakes out controversial positions. Trump allegedly said in referrence to African countries and Haiti.

"We sent guidance to our folks and told them that we must reiterate that we have great respect for the people of Africa and all nations, and our commitment remains strong", he said. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", Trump said on Twitter Friday.

"Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and United States of America would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime. countries which are doing badly", he wrote. "They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people" - will forever be etched in America's history of unfiltered Know Nothing xenophobia, especially since he admitted thereafter that they were pre-planned and not off-the-cuff. "But I don't think he is a racist in the traditional sense".

But critics and scholars said Trump's remarks reflected a long-standing stereotyping of minorities and immigrants and have given permission to others who once hid such views.

The AU's mission in Washington expressed its "infuriation, disappointment and outrage" at the comment and demanded a retraction as well as an apology.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the vulgar language was "very unfortunate, unhelpful". They are doing nothing to fix DACA. The bill also includes numerous border security measures on Trump's wish list.


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