Trump scrambles as 'shithole' slur fuels outrage

On the eve of the eighth anniversary of the January 12, 2010, natural disaster that devastated Haiti, the president, in the Oval Office, is said to have wondered aloud why he should allow immigrants from "shithole countries" like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations to enter the United States.

Yesterday, President Trump used vulgar language to reject an immigration bill, asking why the US would take in more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa.

Trump's comments were shocking and shameful and I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist, said a spokesman for the United Nations human rights office, Rupert Colville.

Amid the furore the president criticized the immigration proposal. Trump rejects bipartisan DACA & border security agreement After months of negotiations, a bipartisan group of senators reached a deal to provide protections to so-called Dreamers.

DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is the law that gave residency status to people who were brought to the country illegally. I could tell you how I have spent an inordinate amount of time and energy, throughout my life, educating people about Haiti and disabusing them of the damaging, incorrect notions they have about the country of my parents' birth.

Trump tweeted a convoluted denial early Friday about the comments allegedly made on Thursday at a White House meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform.

Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power has shared the statement on Twitter, saying: "Whoa".

After lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador, the president reportedly demanded to know why the U.S. should accept immigrants from shithole countries, rather than - for instance - wealthy and overwhelmingly white Norway.

Shortly after, he tweeted "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

"This is not just a story about vulgar language", he said. He also blamed "both sides" after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent.

Even war-torn South Sudan weighed in, with President Salva Kiir's spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny slamming the comments as "outrageous". He did not specifically deny using the word "shithole".

"The president has been clear about what his priorities are in that process and we're going to continue working with members of the House and the Senate, Republicans and Democrats, to make sure that we try to get that deal done", Sanders said. "Neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", she said.

It had sought clarification from the United States envoy as to whether Botswana was on the list of African nations Trump would include in his slur, which the White House did not deny he made, "given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the United States".

Describing the comments as "extremely unfortunate", President Nana Addo categorically stated that Ghana is "certainly not a racist country".

"We are the ones who defeated slavery and freed ourselves in 1804", Aubry said, remarking that until the 1960s black people in the United States were subject to legal segregation from whites.

He reportedly asked, according to the Washington Post, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"