US President Donald Trump takes on Senator Dick Durbin on 'racial slur'

US President Donald Trump takes on Senator Dick Durbin on 'racial slur'

Some African nations like Botswana, South Africa and Nigeria summoned USA ambassadors in their countries over the remarks.

As American ambassadors overseas we have seen Africa's complex and rich cultures, awe-inspiring resilience, and breathtaking generosity and compassion.

One of the signatories, career diplomat and former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell told VOA the reaction to the president's alleged remarks is fierce, and building - not dissipating. "We've gone completely to the president's position on his request to Congress when it comes to the issue of what they call chain migration, and we call family unification".

Statements from leaders such as Trump's reported comment "cannot and will not in any way at all convince anybody that we have a country here that is going to be a leader in the worldwide community", Pickering said.

When asked if the group had made any sort of breakthrough, Durbin said, "Not really". The US should be taking in migrants from countries like Norway, he is reported to have said.

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The White House on Tuesday night received a letter signed by 78 former ambassadors who represented the United States in 48 African nations. "There is no other word one can use but racist", said a United Nations spokesman.

Donald Trump's son says the US President is not a racist and can only see one colour - green, the colour of money.

"Considering the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the USA during the Atlantic slave trade, this flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice", he said through his spokesperson Ebba Kalondo. I just want to say from the bottom of our hearts, we are part of you, we are part of a global community. "We enjoy a cordial relationship", he said.

During last Thursday's Oval Office meeting on immigration, Trump was reported to have referred to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa as coming from "s-hole countries". He also apparently said he wants to exclude Haiti from an immigration reform deal.

According to two people briefed on the meeting, Mr Trump said: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?".

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