Trump's 'shithole' remarks targeted at Hatians, Africans sparks global outrage

Former US Ambassadors on Trump’s “Shithole” Comments “It’s Beneath Contempt.”

"We're going to look at your blood and your urine, and we're going to take a look at your heart electronically", said Caplan, who was one of 75 health professionals who signed a letter urging Trump's doctor to evaluate his neurological health (PDF). "I've never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the United States", she wrote.

Trump reportedly demanded to know why the U.S. should accept immigrants from "sh**hole countries", after lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador.

Trump's comments were allegedly made on Thursday at a White House meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform.

Nearly 24 hours after reports that President Donald Trump disparaged immigrants from "shithole countries", Sen. Trump's racism has a particular sting in the Lone Star, as we are one of the five majority minority states in the nation. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, issued a joint statement, saying they did "not recall the president saying those comments specifically".

The language came after lawmakers discussed restoring protections for immigrants living in Haiti and Africa than from places like Norway.

Earlier, the 55-nation African Union condemned the remarks, while Botswana and Senegal hauled in the United States ambassador to complain.

Haiti said it was shocked by Trump's reported remarks on Thursday and summoned the top USA diplomat in the country, asking for an apology if the vulgar term had been used.

Trump denies using the word "shithole" including towards Haiti, which is marking the eighth anniversary of a devastating quake.

Journalist Yamiche Alcindor spoke directly with Haiti's ambassador to the U.S., Paul Altidor. Trump ended the program and finding a legislative solution is a key issue in negotiations between the White House and congressional Democrats on immigration policy.

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton weighed in, noting that Trump dismissed Haitians on the eve of the eighth anniversary of a deeply destructive quake. He said he would favor "doing DACA first" before moving to "comprehensive immigration reform", and touted the virtue of a "path" to citizenship for undocumented workers. "Too bad!" Trump tweeted as he arrived at his private golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Then, in a separate part of the conversation when they were referencing the diversity visa lottery, Trump referred to people from Africa as coming from "shithole countries". But there was no indication that those four leaders were planning to meet over the long Martin Luther King Day federal holiday weekend or when they might produce legislation.

The Democrats are all talk and no action. "Donald Trump is disgrace to the Presidency and a disgrace to our nation".

However, US Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said on Friday Trump did use "vile, vulgar language, including 's***hole, '" in the meeting with lawmakers on Thursday. Trump denies using the word.

United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has previously said the future of the Dreamers should not be used as a bargaining chip to negotiate restrictive immigration measures.

"The Africa we know and live in is one that is recovering economically and rising", it added. He is far from it.

"But this was not the language I used", he added, apparently referencing the report of him saying "s--hole".

Prominent Kenyan commentator Patrick Gathara told AFP that Trump's words were nothing new.

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