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'Here is what my #shithole looks like:' African countries and Haiti react to Trump's remark

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According to those briefed on the conversation, the president used the phrase * a href="http://abc7chicago.com/politics/trump-why-allow-immigrants-from-s***hole-countries/2930875/" *"s***hole countries" while questioning why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and nations in Africa, rather than places like Norway.

Trump on Friday denied using that language. 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.

President Donald Trump is "a racist", NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson told CNN in response to Trump's comments about immigrants coming to the USA from "shithole countries".

Trump said he was only expressing what many people think, but will not say, about immigrants from economically depressed countries, according to a source who spoke to the president as the controversy unfolded.

She said that while the president and critics may argue over what was said in the DACA meeting, many in the immigrant community will remember the initial vulgar quote that was reported.

"The so-called bipartisan Daca deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards", he said referring to the deferred action on childhood arrivals Bill that aims to give protection to "dreamers", undocumented immigrants who arrived to the USA as children.

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The US leader made the alleged remark in a Thursday meeting on immigration. "And this influencer said what needs to happen, and it's kind of-she made me laugh with it, but it's real".

It also underlined the strong historical ties between the two countries and urged the USA to respect the dignity of its "noble and courageous" people. Then, as the exact time that the natural disaster hit drew near, Bastien said, "Enough of Trump" and everyone closed their eyes for a moment of prayer.

Almost a year into Trump's presidency, members of Congress are still struggling to relate to the unorthodox Trump and his spontaneous, often crude remarks.

Leanne Manas, a news anchor for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, tweeted Friday morning, "Good morning from the greatest most attractive "s-thole country" in the world!"

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But nearly immediately a senator who attended the meeting at which Mr Trump was alleged to have used the description said it was "the exact word used by the president - not just once but repeatedly".

Just before Christmas, a New York Times report emerged alleging that Trump had said people from Haiti "all have AIDS", that Nigerians all live in huts and that Afghanistan is full of terrorists.

Mr. Trump has denied using that language but others present say he did.

Why should we accept any less from the President of the United States of America?

United Nations official Rupert Colville added "These are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States". These are folks who bring a different aspect to temporary protected status than Central American countries.

But despite his public denial, Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat, said Trump did indeed describe African nations as a "shithole", which Durbin said was "vile, hate-filled and clearly racial in their content". "After unilaterally moving to end DACA and upend the lives of 800,000 young immigrants, including more than 41,000 in Illinois, Trump is resorting to offensive tactics to score a political win with his base".

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