South Africa, Ghana summon United States diplomats after Trump remark


"I don't think Democrats want to make a deal".

Trump later denied using in a conversation disparaging language, adding that he is "not a racist".

Trump also previously complained that immigrants from Haiti "all have AIDS", according to the New York Times.

But he wondered "why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

A spokesperson for the United Nations said that the only word that one can use to describe what Trump said about Haiti and Africa is - drumroll, please - "racist".

His alleged comments prompted claims of racism from prominent figures including John Lewis, who accused the president of racism and said seeing Trump speak at the proclamation recognizing the work of Martin Luther King Jr. was odd considering his remarks. "Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military".

DACA refers to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which has given legal status to Dreamers and protected them from deportation.

Donald Trump issued the slur as Senator Durbin listed the countries benefiting from visa lotteries. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, one of the six senators in the meeting with Trump on Thursday, supported Durbin's account.

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Reports later emerged in USA media that Trump had asked during the meeting: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

"You have to understand that there are countries that struggle out there but. their people are good people and they're part of us", Love, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday.

But another Republican senator who was there, Lindsey Graham, did not deny the comments were made.

There is some internal West Wing debate over whether Trump said "shithole" or "shithouse".

He declined further comment on the USA president's reported remarks.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) talks to journalists following the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, on July 18, 2017.

Trump has not clarified to aides what he said. While the president veered off script, his party also spent the weekend quibbling over what was said and where the disputed comments sit on the scale of moral repugnance.

The reverberations kept coming Monday. "The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel".

He commented on the way to dinner Sunday night at his Florida golf club with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California.

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"Our issues with our neighbour, a CARICOM country, are different than those that would decry the message that was sent from the statements reported and we whole heartedly support the statement made by CARICOM in that regard", he continued.

On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence, who worshipped at a Baptist church in Maryland, listened as the pastor denounced Trump's use of vulgarity.

"They took total responsibility". Worshippers stood and applauded as Watson spoke.

A USA senator who attended the gathering said the president used "vile, vulgar" language, including repeatedly using the word "shithole" when speaking about African countries.

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

The contentious comments came as Durbin was presenting details of a compromise immigration plan that had money for a first installment of the president's long-sought border wall.

"The language of @realDonaldTrump that the African continent, Haiti and El Salvador are "shithole countries" is extremely unfortunate", said Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo in a tweet Saturday afternoon.

"What the president said in that meeting was so bad and so impactful on so many people, that when he denied saying it, I felt duty-bound to clarify what actually happened", Durbin said. "Their attitude.I think it is terrific", he said.

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