All 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations decried Donald Trump's reported remarks as "outrageous, racist, and xenophobic" on Friday, a day after USA media reported that Trump had referred to African states, Haiti, and El Salvador as "s***hole countries".
Trump's comments were allegedly made on Thursday at a White House meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform. Associated Press White House reporter Jonathan Lemire said no one at the White House denied "that he used these vulgar terms to describe these immigrants".
The president's thoughts on immigration sprawled through several Twitter posts on Friday morning before he tweeted his denials about some of the language he used at the DACA meeting. He is also a design engineer in the defense industry and a Haitian immigrant who says the portrayal of his country is offensive. "Why don't we get more people from Norway?'"
Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue said they did not hear the president's racist remark.
Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the only Democrat in the room, said Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said.
"But they have no confirmation yet", Saati said. Never said "take them out".
"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in the Oval Office, any president has ever spoken words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", Durbin told reporters.
Last fall, the Department of Homeland Security canceled the Temporary Protected Status for Haitian immigrants. In his tweet, Mahama referred to speech made by Trump to African leaders at the United Nations in September, when the USA president praised their nations but also mistakenly referred to a nonexistent country called "Nambia".
Hillary Clinton, Trump's defeated presidential rival, tweeted: "The anniversary of the devastating quake 8 years ago is a day to remember the tragedy, honor the resilient people of Haiti, & affirm America's commitment to helping our neighbors".
"If you look at all we have in Africa, South Africa is one of the developed countries. But as president of the United States, to be sitting around discussing policy is a threat to all of us", he added.
"I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", the president said.