UN rights office decries Trump's reported remarks as 'racist'

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on prison reform in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington DC

UN says Trump slur on 'shithole' countries is 'shocking' and 'racist'

"I want a merit-based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level". That was during a discussion of groups that have temporary protected status in the USA due to disasters or political upheaval in their home countries. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians.

"The Dems will threaten "shutdown", but what they are really doing is shutting down our military, at a time we need it most".

The Post's story caused an uproar as media outlets seized on another quote in which Trump allegedly referred to Haiti and African nations as "s**thole countries".

According to people present in the Oval Office meeting, Trump was frustrated that migrants from El Salvador, Haiti and certain African countries were allowed into the US.

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In Geneva, the United Nations human rights office said the "racist" remarks would incite xenophobia.

Trump's description of an entire continent startled lawmakers in the meeting and immediately revived charges that the president is racist.

The White House did not deny the president made these comments in a statement on Thursday, but Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning and refuted he used such language, at least in connection to Haiti.

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The ANC is not in a position to stop any president from any country from saying anything they wish, she said.

But it wasn't just Democrats objecting.

Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, said Trump's comments were "unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation's values".

The "shithole" remarks were first reported by the Washington Post on Thursday, and attributed to "several people briefed on the meeting" and "people familiar with the meeting". Trump cancelled the program previous year.

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That resulted from the administration's decision to end a program providing temporary protected status for those almost 60,000 Haitians impacted by the 2010 quake that hit their nation. I have a singular mission, and the mission is this: "to give these Dreamers and as many members of their families as possible a chance to be part of America's future in a legal status", Durbin said.

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