Trump Denies Insulting Term at White House Meeting


Trump Denies Insulting Term at White House Meeting

All 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations decried Donald Trump's reported remarks as "outrageous, racist, and xenophobic" on Friday, a day after U.S. media reported that Trump had referred to African states, Haiti, and El Salvador as "s***hole countries".

According to two sources, at Thursday's meeting the president questioned why the U.S. would want to accept immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as "sh**hole countries".

The United Nations on Friday slammed US President Donald Trump´s reported description of African nations and Haiti as "shithole" countries as "shocking and shameful", and "racist".

Trump was "extremely offensive" when he used the term "shithole countries" to describe developing countries, ANC Deputy General Secretary Jessie Duarte told reporters in East London, Eastern Cape Province, where the ANC is to hold its 106th anniversary celebration on Saturday.

"President Trump's racist comments about immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and countries in Africa are absolutely sickening, even for him", her statement reads.

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".

When it came to talk of extending protections for Haitians, the U.S. president said: "We don't need more Haitians". "Sorry, but there is no other word one can use but 'racist, '" said Rupert Colville, spokesman for United Nations rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. "We, along with the president, are committed to solving an issue many in Congress have failed to deliver on for decades".

Trump has denied using the expletive "sh**hole" and says he does not dislike Haitians.

Both Republican and Democratic senators had been working for months to craft legislation that would protect 700,000 young adults who were brought into the United States illegally as children and later shielded from deportation under a programme known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems. He said these hateful things and he said them repeatedly.

Mr Trump did not initially challenge the comments, but after they were heavily criticised by diplomats, rival politicians and members of his own party, he took to Twitter to deny he had ever used the phrase "sh**hole countries".

After Trump signed the proclamation, several journalists could be heard asking him questions, including whether he did, in fact, make the "sh*thole" remarks. "Probably should record future meetings-unfortunately, no trust!" Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), came in an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform. Former VP Joe Biden also had choice words about Trump's language, tweeting, "It's not what a president should believe".