The U.S. president is reported to have referred to "shithole countries" in Africa, questioned why the United States would take more people from Haiti, and expressed a preference for people from Norway while he was meeting with lawmakers in the White House on Thursday. David Perdue, Republicans who've been close allies to the President on the issue of immigration, were also in the meeting but issued a carefully worded statement after Trump tweeted Friday morning that the description of his remarks was not accurate. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" he said in one of the tweets.
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The alleged comments came during a DACA meeting on Thursday. Sen.
And since we're also talking about immigration as well, we're hoping the president would take time to meet some of the TPS recipients, to see exactly how much contribution as a community we continue to provide here in this country. She said "It's incomprehensible that these words came out of the mouth of the president of the United States of America, a country that was founded on being free from discrimination and treating people fairly and having people come here, the land of the free". "Made up by Dems", Trump said on his Twitter account.More news: Prepare To Die On The Go, Dark Souls: Remastered Heads To Switch
According to the Washington-based news website, AU said that Trump's remarks "dishonour the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity".
During a segment on Cooper's show, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said that "this president, deep down, may just be a racist".
South Africa's ruling African National Congress called Trump's comments "extremely offensive", while opposition leader Mmusi Maimane said "the hatred of Obama's roots now extends to an entire continent".
Leanne Manas, a news anchor for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, tweeted Friday morning, "Good morning from the greatest most handsome "s-thole country" in the world!" Trump denies using the word "shithole" including towards Haiti, which is marking the eighth anniversary of a devastating natural disaster. Instead, she said, the country has been subjected to Trump's ire.More news: England big test for Super Eagles hails Rohr
Critics of the president, including some in his own Republican Party, attacked the vulgar comments he made behind closed doors.
Durbin also said during the meeting, he confronted the president about his use of the phrase "chain migration", which is a derogatory phrase describing the process by which legal immigrants bring extended family members into the U.S.
The Pope has criticized Trump in the past over his immigration policy.More news: Cold, chance of snow forecast in week ahead