Donald Trump Should Apologize for Remarks - African States

"When it came to the issue of 'chain migration, ' I said to the president, 'Do you realize how painful that term is to so many people?' African Americans believe that they migrated to America in chains. He should act accordingly and conduct himself in a more diplomatic manner", said Haitian immigrant Nicolle Saitlious.

The fallout continues after President Donald Trump allegedly made an expletive reference to Haiti and African countries.

Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with Wednesday.

"These are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States", said Colville during a news briefing in Geneva.

Deputy secretary general Jesse Duarte of the African National Congress pointed out the USA itself has millions of people out of work or without health care.

He has been backed by two Republicans who were at the White House meeting, but Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said Mr Trump called African countries "shitholes" several times and used "racist" language.

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

"Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?" he asked, according to multiple sources present at the White House meeting.

He recounted to reporters what he heard: "He said, 'Haitians?"

Although the president denied making any derogatory comments, most in the Haitian community are not buying it.

Durbin is part of a bipartisan group of six senators who announced Thursday the framework of a compromise on immigration. When I mentioned that fact to him, he said, 'Haitians? "I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday".

Haitians and Africans in Maryland say they don't think they should be written off.

Initially, the White House did not deny Trump's racially charged comments, but Trump claimed today he did not utter such disparaging words during a recent meeting at the Oval Office. Ben Cardin said Trump's "comments do not represent America's values". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" the president added.

Republican Representative Mia Love, the country's first Haitian-American congresswoman, slammed the Trump's behaviour as "unacceptable from the leader of our nation". "And he said them repeatedly". It is reassuring that Florida Republicans such as Gov. Rick Scott, former Gov. Jeb Bush, members of Congress and state legislators directly denounced and rejected the presidents language.

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

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