African states demand Trump apologise for racist remark

  • African states demand Trump apologise for racist remark

African states demand Trump apologise for racist remark

Trump reportedly made the remarks at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday and a United States senator who attended the gathering said on Friday that the president used "vile, vulgar" language, including repeatedly using the word "s***hole".

According to two sources, at Thursday's meeting the president questioned why the USA would want to accept immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as "sh**hole countries".

Former governor general Michaëlle Jean was among those Canadians who sharply criticized U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday for reportedly using vulgar language to describe Haiti and countries in Africa.

In a series of Tweets early Friday, Trump admitted to using "tough" language but denied using the term "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries. Friday morning, Trump took to Twitter to say the language he used at the meeting "was tough", but insisted the words being reported "was not the language used".

The president also asked why the United States would allow more immigrants from Haiti and Africa rather than countries like Norway. It is scary to think that people would perceive us in a threatening fashion.

"It was so disturbing this morning to hear President Trump's comments reported all over the news calling my poor native land and African countries "s...hole" nations", Jean said in a statement to The Canadian Press.

The church says they have been working with refugees in Haiti since the island was struck by a 7.0 magnitude natural disaster that killed more than 220,000 people in 2010.

"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in the Oval Office, any president has ever spoken words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", Durbin told reporters.

One woman he interviewed said she might consider trying the American dream: "If they get a new president".

In Chicago, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, told reporters the president's denial wasn't true.

"The USA we know is one that was built with blood and sweat of African slaves and immigrants from all over".

In fiscal year 2016, 1.18 million people became legal permanent residents of the United States, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security.

"Trump is a disgusting racist, sexist sociopath and awful for the country", one Twitter user wrote.

The reverend accused Trump of building "a whole presidency on race". The president said he has a wonderful relationship with Haitians and suggested future meetings probably should be recorded.