UN considers Trump's 'shithole' remarks on Africa racist - Spokesman

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He heard the president use "hate-filled, vile and racist" language when talking about immigrants from Haiti and Africa.

After global outrage, Trump sought to backpedal his remarks, first claiming on Twitter 15 hours after The Washington Post broke the news that he didn't use the term "shithole countries", and later tweeting that Haiti was not included in his list of "shithole countries".

"What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made", Trump tweeted. "Neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", she said.

"Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and US would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly", Trump wrote. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians.

President Donald Trump on Friday, January 12, 2018, denied describing certain nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting where he rejected a bipartisan deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

During his meeting, Trump was also discussing protections for Salvadoran immigrants, a group whose temporary legal status the administration also sought to end as well.

"Get them out.' He has not specifically denied his very incendiary remark about we don't need more people from these s-hole countries".

Trump continued on to highlight the importance of a merit based immigration system, ensuring the safety and security for Americans, and stopping the inflow of drugs into the country.

According to a source familiar with the meeting cited by CNN's Jake Tapper, Trump also made derogatory comments about Haitians, stating, "Haitians?"

Twitter users have joined condemnation of the comments with a number of people slamming it as 'racist, ' and uncalled for, especially from a president.

The White House did not deny the president made these comments in a statement on Thursday, but Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning and refuted he used such language, at least in connection to Haiti.

The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the president's tweet.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" From there, the president asked by the US couldn't work to let in more immigrants from Norway instead.

He added that Trump will "always reject temporary, weak and unsafe stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway". After headlines, we'll have more on President Trump's racist remarks.

Only a handful of Republican congressmen have denounced Trump's comment so far - and none of the leaders. During a 2016 campaign event in Miami, he said "the Haitian people deserve better" and told the audience of Haitian-Americans he wanted to "be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion".

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