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African countries demand Donald Trump apology over slur

17 January 2018

But Mr Trump has denied using the language reported.

According sources in the Oval Office meeting between Trump and lawmakers, the President referred to Africa, saying, "why do we want all these people from "s***hole countries" coming here?"

After an emergency session to weigh Trump's remarks, the group said it was "concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the U.S. administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of colour".

"It should be recalled that Haiti is the second democracy in the Western hemisphere after the United States and that Haitians continue to contribute significantly in many spheres to the global community and particularly to the United States of America", CARICOM said.

Trump said Democrats aren't for securing the border or stopping the flow of drugs, but are for taking money away from the military. Senator Durbin has it. Senator Perdue does not. "Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems". His colleague Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., who was not at the meeting, said Graham told him that Durbin's account was "basically accurate".

However, Republicans and Democrats have both said they either heard Trump say it, or heard directly from colleagues who did.

"The UN has also branded as racist, the reported remark branding Haiti, El Salvador and unspecified African nations as "shithole countries". I think they were unfortunate.

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Why wouldn't President Trump refer to African nations and Haiti as "shithole" countries - when it's well documented that our leaders and politicians would prefer going overseas for medical treatment, because they lack confidence in the health systems they oversee, and they can afford the trips given that the expenses are paid for by taxpayers. He said Trump used the most vulgar term "more than once".

The United States has reaffirmed its commitment to South Africa after Jessye Lapenn, its highest-ranking official at the embassy in Pretoria, was summoned to a meeting with the department of global relations and cooperation (Dirco).

Perdue described as a "gross misrepresentation" reports that Trump used the vulgarity.

Paul said he is willing to compromise on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but "we do have to have rules that we do enforce" when it comes to immigration.

Trump last week rejected an immigration deal drafted by a bipartisan group of senators.

Lawmakers are trying to combine some form of relief for DACA immigrants along with enhanced border security, including a wall along the Mexican border, sought by Trump.

"I know personally about his feelings towards Haiti and toward Central America because when I was not a candidate for president and he wasn't a candidate for president I went down there on a medical mission trip".