Trump's supporters dismiss s***hole comments, charges of racism

The president of the United States is racist. The Washington Post on Thursday that Trump had asked: "Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?"

"We have been working for four months and have reached an agreement in principle" that addresses the main policies Trump sought, they said.

Many Africans reminded the U.S. of its historic role in the continent's woes.

He noted that neither the White House nor the State Department had formally contacted him to clarify whether Trump had indeed made the comments at an Oval Office meeting Thursday.

Trump denied on Friday using such derogatory language, but he had already been widely condemned in many African countries and by global rights organisations.

"The government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump must use this descriptor and derogatory word when talking about countries with whom the US has had cordial and mutually beneficial relations for so many years".

State Rep. Robert Asencido (D-Miami) believes Trump's remarks will make it more risky for US diplomats, military, businesses and tourists to travel overseas.

Haitians and Africans have been tweeting pictures of their "shithole countries".

The African Union, which represents all 55 African nations, said it was "frankly alarmed". It succeeded the Organisation of African Unity - which originated in the decolonisation struggles of the early 1960s - in 2002.

What exactly did Trump say?

During a meeting on Thursday with legislators about a proposed bipartisan deal on immigration, Mr Trump reportedly said: "Why do we want all these people from Africa here?"

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adam denouncing President Trump's "shithole countries" designation. At the meeting, Trump questioned why the United States should accept immigrants from "shithole countries" in Africa, according to several people who were in the room at the time. There is bipartisan support for some form of protection, but just how much and what immigration enforcements need to be added in exchange is what's being negotiated now.

"The president's reported comments about our allies in Latin America and Africa are disgusting". 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. In an editorial, the local Daily Maverick called the comments "a new low", adding, "Casual Friday at the White House is soon to include hoods and tiki torches at this rate".

What has been the political fallout?

Another Republican Senator who was there, Lindsey Graham, did not deny the comments were made.

"Mr Trump may say what he pleases, but I am proud of being Haitian". During a 2016 campaign event in Miami, he said "the Haitian people deserve better" and told the audience of Haitian-Americans he wanted to "be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion".

In an oddly-timed coincidence, the USA president on Friday signed a declaration honoring the civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr, three days before the federal holiday celebrated in his honor.

He said Americans were celebrating that "self-evident truth" that "no matter what the colour of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God".

What has been the global reaction?

The reports have triggered a strong reaction from the United Nations, with its High Commissioner for Human Rights calling the statement "racist" on Friday. "There is unemployment in the U.S., there are people who don't have healthcare services", Duarte told reporters.