All 54 African UN envoys blast Trump's 's--thole' comment as racist

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According to two sources, at Thursday's meeting the president questioned why the U.S. would want to accept immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as "sh**hole countries".

The remarks - which Trump denied amid wide condemnation in the United States and overseas - came during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers.

The Vatican newspaper on Friday branded US President Donald Trump's reported comments about African countries and Haiti as "particularly harsh and offensive".

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", White House spokesman Raj Shah told reports on Thursday.

"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country", Trump tweeted.

He and Graham explained that their proposal would alter the diversity visa lottery to give legal protections to some immigrants here with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). But the suggestion Trump directed his wrath at these nations or their governments rather than their residents who are desperate to escape to a better life here is at odds with his record and with the message received by those in the room. Ben Cardin said the president's "comments don't represent America's values". Senator Richard Durbin refuted his denial and confirmed the president not only used these words but used them repeatedly. Trump denied using the word Friday.

"We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful". 'The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used, ' he said. "Haitians should not be seen as a bunch of immigrants who come to the United States to exploit USA resources".

In the event that you had any lingering doubts that President Donald Trump is a racist, it's time to throw away that uncertainty.

"I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the Presidency", Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said in a tweet.

Trump's comments were also condemned by a group of African ambassadors to the United Nations, who demanded a retraction and apology for Trump's "outrageous, racist and xenophobic" comments, The Hill reported.

DACA protects hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation. 'The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel.

Immigration is one of the issues that Pope Francis, who has strongly defended the rights of developing countries, and Trump have clashed over.

Trump, who grew up in a Presbyterian family, shot back saying it was "disgraceful" for the pope to question his faith.

In South Florida, scores of Haitians turned out Friday to commemorate the anniversary of the 7.1 magnitude natural disaster that struck their homeland on January 12, 2010, killing as many as 300,000 people.

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