Democratic US senator: Trump called African countries '****holes' in meeting

'Here is what my #shithole looks like:' African countries and Haiti react to Trump's remark

In an Oval Office conversation Thursday, the president asked "why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal", the AP reported.

"The Government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump must use this descriptor and derogatory word when talking about countries with whom the USA has had cordial and mutually beneficial relations for so many years", wrote the Botswana Ministry of International Affairs in a statement. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" In fact added that they should get more immigrants from countries like Norway.

Trump took particular issue with the characterization of his comments on Haiti.

"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday". "People come here because they're trying to improve their lives, not make it worse", she said.

Mr Trump continued: "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians".

The administration announced past year that it would end a temporary residency permit programme that allowed almost 60,000 Haitians to live and work in the USA in the wake of a devastating 2010 quake. Trump told senators in the Oval Office, according to a source briefed on the meeting, the comments from which were first reported by The Washington Post.

Hugo Martinez, El Salvador's foreign minister, called on the US government to confirm or deny Trump's statements.

Despite the back and forth regarding Trump's reported remarks, several lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have decried the language and condemned the comments.

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The Botswana government summoned its US ambassador "to clarify whether Botswana is regarded as a "shithole" country", The Washington Post reported. Trump met this week with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. The news cycle moves so very quickly these days, it's hard to maintain an appropriate level of outrage over the disaster in the White House.

"It's not a day to hang out in the park ... it's a day to help someone do something else", Farris said, urging Americans to help each other on the day and be "united".

Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Durbin had proposed cutting the visa lottery program by 50 percent and then prioritizing countries already in the system, a White House official said.

Colville warns that comments by a major political figure, such as the president of the United States, can have damaging and unsafe consequences. He has said Mexican immigrants were "bringing crime" and were "rapists". Trump said, according to reports from multiple news outlets.

"In the course of his comments, [Trump] said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist", Durbin states. But it wasn't just Democrats objecting.

He also denied demanding that Haitians be removed from negotiations about protected status for people from certain countries.

"Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice", Ebba Kalondo, a spokesperson for the 55-nation African Union, told the Associated Press.

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