UN Official: Trump's Vulgar Comments on Africa, Haiti Shameful

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Trump specifically questioned why the US would want to admit more people from Haiti.

Thursday's White House huddle was held to discuss a bipartisan deal that would limit immigrants from bringing family members into the country, restrict the green card visa lottery and boost border security, in exchange for shielding hundreds of thousands of young people known as "Dreamers" from deportation.

Dick Durbin of IL, the Senate' s No. 2 Democrat, explained that as part of that deal, a lottery for visas that has benefited people from Africa and other nations would be ended, the sources said, though there could be another way for them to apply.

Christian Christensen, a U.S. citizen living in Sweden, wondered on Twitter why citizens of Norway would emigrate, pointing out the higher occurrences of shootings and poverty as well as the lack of healthcare and a social welfare net.

All African countries at the United Nations unanimously demanded Friday that US President Donald Trump retract and apologize for his reported denunciation of immigration from "shithole" nations.

Penn ended his essay with a call for unity, describing Trump's White House as "an enemy of the state".

Special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants, that has protected them from deportation following the 2010 quake, will end next year following a Trump administration ruling last month.

Norwegians have also been tweeting about why they will not be moving to the United States.

United Nations rights office spokesman Rupert Colville said "there is no other word one can use but "racist" to describe Trump's remarks. The Post included El Salvador on its list.

The comments come after reports the president referred to countries such as Haiti and El Salvador "shitholes" during a briefing on immigration laws and DACA policies.

The criticisms were a part of a worldwide outcry against Trump's remarks, which the president denied saying at a private meeting with lawmakers in the White House on Thursday.

The government of Botswana asked the U.S. government to clarify if Botswana was regarded as a "shithole country" and called his comments "irresponsible, reprehensible and racist".

Similar sentiments were expressed by other African leaders.

Trump has been seeking to end temporary protection status of people from certain countries.

It's noteworthy that these comments came one day before the eighth anniversary of the devastating Haiti natural disaster that led the U.S.to offer protected status to almost 60,000 Haitians, and the week before the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.

In a series of tweets on Friday morning, Trump said the language used by him at the meeting was "tough, but this was not the language used", stressing that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians". "We even made the ultimate sacrifice when we shed our blood in Savannah", the ambassador said.

House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer said: "President Trump's comments are racist and a disgrace". "We all know the president meant what he said. sources telling CNN the president called friends to do a victory lap".

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