Trump was widely reported on Thursday to have questioned in a meeting with lawmakers why the United States would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than from places such as Norway.
Congressman Eliot Engel, who is a ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said in a phone call he had with Haiti U.S. Ambassador Paul Altidor that Trump's words are damaging for worldwide relations.
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"What makes our city, state and country strong is diversity".
"The ambassadors and the charges will note what an honor it is to be in their posts and how much we value our relationship with the people of the nation where they represent us".
The group is "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks by the president of the United States of America as widely reported by the media", a statement added, demanding a "retraction and an apology". Lindsey Graham, who was also at the meeting, seemed to confirm that report in a statement in which he said "following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday". "We always knew that president Trump doesn't like people from certain countries or people or certain colors", alleged Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez. That's when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from, 's***holes.' The exact word used by the president - not just once, but repeatedly.
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Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the only Democrat in the room, said Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said. Trump tweeted Friday morning: "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".
Trump has since denied making the disparaging remarks against the countries, and also denied reports he called for excluding Haitians from discussions on providing protected status for some immigrants, according to a news report Friday from CNN.
Mr Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians. he said, 'Haitians?" "Nothing that Donald Trump says can change that".
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In less than 24 hours, President Donald Trump's reported comments about "shithole countries" reverberated around the world, prompting swift condemnation from the Haitian and Botswana governments. He has also considered recording all his meetings to prevent similar controversies in the future. "The most disheartening thing to me is my belief that that was the first time words that hateful have been spoken in the Oval Office of the White House".