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UN condemns Donald Trump's 'shithole countries' remark as racist

UN condemns Donald Trump's 'shithole countries' remark as racist

In the meeting, Trump criticized the tentative bipartisan agreement drafted by Durbin, Arizona Republican Jeff Flake and four other senators.

President Trump has demonstrated time and time again that he is mentally incapable of imagining the humanity of anyone who looks different from him or hails from a different nation - unless that is a predominately white nation, like Norway.

As Graham read the agreement, Trump started making comments and asking questions, Durbin said.

Haiti said it was shocked by Trump's reported remarks on Thursday and summoned the top USA diplomat in the country for an explanation.

Trump denounced the deal reached by a group of six Republican and Democratic senators as too weak and insisted he did not use the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries. Bob Goodlatte, (R-Va.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), according to MSNBC. And it prompted senators who were present at the meeting to answer questions Friday about their recollections of the startling remarks.

"Dreamers" is term used for undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States as children.

Democrats want protections for Dreamers included in a measure on government spending, which must pass by a January 19 deadline to avoid a government shutdown. President Woodrow Wilson dispatched US Marines to invade the Caribbean country in 1915 after its president was assassinated. A large proportion of diversity visa lottery recipients come from African nations.

"People briefed on the Oval Office conversation on immigration reform Thursday said Trump questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and what he called 'shithole countries" in Africa.

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

During a meeting with lawmakers Thursday, Trump reportedly called those places "s**thole countries" and argued in favor of removing Haitians from the United States.

"He said, 'Haitians, do we need more Haitians?'" Durbin said.

The president's remarks angered several countries, prompting them to issue strongly-worded statements condemning his comment. "I was very proud of him, it took courage for what he did", Durbin said. Graham hasn't publicly commented on the meeting. Durbin said people who would be allowed to stay in the USA included those who had fled here after disasters hit their homes in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti. Just so you know, they don't want you to be their president. In an editorial, the local Daily Maverick called the comments "a new low", adding, "Casual Friday at the White House is soon to include hoods and tiki torches at this rate".

Durbin's confirmation on Friday comes as Trump sought to walk back the comments saying, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" he wrote, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme.

In response to the right-wing defences of Trump's statement, people have slammed them on Twitter. Some media outlets also reported that Trump said in reference to Haitians, "take them out". During a 2016 campaign event in Miami, he said "the Haitian people deserve better" and told the audience of Haitian-Americans he wanted to "be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion". There is no transcript or recording of that meeting.

That Trump did indeed refer, repeatedly, to those nations as "shithole countries" was confirmed on Friday by Sen.


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