The scandal erupted after Donald Trump wondered why the United States would want to have immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations, referring to some as "shithole countries", and suggested America should welcome more people from nations like Norway instead.
He turned to Twitter to state: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
American Jewish groups are slamming President Donald Trump for allegedly making disparaging comments about immigrants from third world countries.
Africans and Haitians come from "shithole" countries? "Do we need more Haitians?"
Botswana's government on Friday announced it was inquiring about the comments through its USA ambassador, while the president of Senegal condemned the reported remarks. During the discussion with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room, the Washington Post first reported, Trump asked, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"
Mr. Trump's remarks have also left the small cluster of immigration hard-line groups whose agenda Mr. Trump has embraced scrambling to distance themselves from the president.
Robert Jackson, the current US ambassador to Ghana, told Ghanaian reporters past year that the election of Trump would not change the relationship between the United States and African nations. To no surprise, the president started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words.
"I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the Presidency", Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said in a tweet.
After an emergency session to weigh Trump's remarks, the group of African ambassadors to the United Nations 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".
El Salvador's foreign ministry said the USA president had "implicitly" accepted the use of "harsh terms detrimental to the dignity of El Salvador and other countries". Nana Akufo-Addo, who assumed the presidency a year ago, made the comments on his Twitter account Saturday (Jan. 13).
Despite the back and forth regarding Trump's reported remarks, several lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have decried the language and condemned the comments.
Immigration is one of the issues that Pope Francis, who has strongly defended the rights of developing countries, and Trump have clashed over. "I don't think anyone should say anything like that about any individual".