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Lindsey Graham: 'I Said My Piece' to Trump Over Vulgar Remarks

14 January 2018

The president's remarks angered several countries, prompting them to issue strongly-worded statements condemning his comment.

In an Oval Office meeting, Trump questioned why the US should admit immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa.

The comment was "clearly" racist, said Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU chief Moussa Faki.

Samantha Power, a former US ambassador to the United Nations, wrote on Twitter that she had "never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the United Nations".

The White House doctor on Friday declared that the United States President Donald Trump was in "excellent health", after Trump underwent his first medical check-up as the U.S. president.

"Africans and Haitians come from "shithole" countries?"

The government of Rwanda says it regrets to have heard what it calls "painful comments" from US President Donald Trump targeting some African countries.

People walk together to mark the eighth anniversary of the massive quake in Haiti and to condemn President Donald Trump's reported statement about immigrants from Haiti, Africa and El Salvador on January 12, 2018, in Miami, Florida.

Hillary Clinton calls Trump's views "ignorant" and "racist" after president's "sh*thole" comment
Alcindor further discussed the frustrations of a perplexed Altidor who brought up the history of Haitian relations with the U.S. When Haitians' protected status came up, Durbin said Trump responded "Haitians?" "We have seven days and the clock is ticking.

The president also singled out Haiti, telling lawmakers that immigrants from there should be left out of any deal to protect those affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

"The words used by the president, as related to me directly following the meeting by those in attendance, were not 'tough, ' " he said, taking issue with the president's tweet. Great opportunity missed. Too bad!

Developing countries do have difficulties, but they are not "s**thole countries", said ANC Deputy General Secretary Jessie Duarte, calling Trump's remarks "unfortunate".

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.

"People who suggest merit-based may inherently favour white, northern Europeans - that is inherently racist", said Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

"Apparently he and I are the only two people that use a few curse words here and there", Scaramucci wrote on Twitter. "Who knew lived in such a puritanical society!" Perhaps the least racist.

The Trump administration has announced its intention to end temporary protections for Salvadorans and Haitians who have lived in the US since natural disasters in their countries more than a decade ago, as well as President Obama's deportation relief for people brought to the USA illegally as children.

"If that comment is accurate, the comment is incredibly disappointing", Scott told the newspaper.

Lindsey Graham: 'I Said My Piece' to Trump Over Vulgar Remarks