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These Maligned Countries Have a Message for President Trump

These Maligned Countries Have a Message for President Trump

In the meeting, Trump reportedly questioned why the United States would provide protections for people in Haiti and African nations, calling them "shithole countries".

In his own tweet Friday, Trump had appeared to deny using the term "shithole", as he was reported to have done during a private White House meeting Thursday. Sen.

President Trump referred to African nations and Haiti as "shithole" countries on January 11, when discussing restoring protections for certain immigrant groups. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), came in an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform.

Trump suggested the U.S. should instead focus its immigrant entry policy on countries such as Norway.

On Friday, Trump tweeted: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

Many advocates said the comments shed light on why the Trump administration last fall stripped Haitians of Temporary Protected Status - specialized protection granted to people from countries experiencing significant turmoil - in which it would be unsafe for its citizens to return.

U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer, a Democrat, said "President Trump's comments are racist and a disgrace". "We have a child, a lower mammal running the United States".

The Haitian government said that, if the comments were made, they reflected a "racist" view of the Haitian community and its contribution to the US.

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Spokespeople for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for clarification Friday. They could have said "if they are indeed true, then these words are indeed shameful and racist and beneath the presidency".

"We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful", Afuko-Addo's tweet added. "True to his tradition, he did not apologize, and denied that he used the 'sh-hole" word but did admit he used some "tough language". "We should have more people from Norway".

"The president's physical exam today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center went exceptionally well", the doctor, Ronny Jackson, was quoted as saying in a statement released by the White House.

Siplin's district includes Orlando's tourist district, where many Haitian immigrants are employed.

Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett, reporting from Washington, DC, said: "The calls for the president to apologise for his remarks are intensifying inside and outside the USA, but for now, that apology does not appear likely".

As the 16-day DreamWeek, which is now ongoing, is about respecting, listening and learning from each other, Nakpodia said he can't dismiss Trump's comment.

Asked about Mr Trump's comments, White House spokesman Raj Shah said: "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people". Instead they continued to defend him by saying the president wants to invite skilled and educated people to the US and they went on a tangent about illegal immigration which was not even the topic of the show. I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level.


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