Donald Trump must apologise for comments - African Union

Bessie Dean
January 13, 2018

Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats turn on Al Franken Minnesota's largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday MORE (D-Ill.), came in an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform.

It's been widely reported that President Trump asked during immigration negotiations between congressional leaders why are we letting people from "sh*thole countries" to come here. At the meeting, NPR reported, he also "questioned why the United States would admit immigrants from them and other nations, like Haiti" and El Salvador, instead of countries like Norway.

His remarks reportedly left the assembled politicians "taken aback", the paper said, with Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator for SC, and Richard Durbin, Democratic senator for IL, among those in the room. Former Fox anchor Bill O'Reilly wrote that the "Trump-loathing media" is dancing in the streets over his words. It is a attractive story of America, and that is a great story and that is the story we have today and that is a story we had yesterday and that is what makes this country so exceptional and unique in the first place.

“Today, as you doubtless heard, during immigration talks, ” he said, “President Trump said something that nearly every single person in America actually agrees with - an terrible lot of immigrants come to this country from other places that arent very nice.”.

The president added that he wanted "a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level" and "safety and security" for Americans.

"African countries, and sometimes our leaders, do not exactly deal with the problems of the worst-off, that's what makes people immigrate". Mr. Trump reportedly said.

It said the "remarks dishonour the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity".

But given his previous call for a "Muslim ban" and other public statements, other experts aren't sure this latest comment makes much legal difference.

Botswana also said it had summoned the U.S. ambassador to that country, Earl Miller, to "express its displeasure" and had asked Miller whether Botswana "is regarded as a "s**thole" country".

When it came to talk of extending protections for Haitians, Durbin said Trump replied: "We don't need more Haitians'".

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Stephanie Jepsen, Chief of Donor Experience at the non-profit, called the comments disparaging to the memory of the lives lost.

Trump reportedly demanded to know why the US allows so much immigration from the aforementioned "shithole countries" in a meeting with lawmakers about immigration policy on Thursday.

Trump reportedly used a vulgarity to describe Haiti and African countries according to several reports.

Durbin said, "We have seven days and the clock is ticking". "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians!"

This wouldn't be the president's first racially charged remark.

Durbin said Friday that he had hoped for White House approval of the bipartisan deal. She said the president's remark was "obviously disheartening" but presented an opportunity "to rise above it and say, 'I'm going to be an example of kindness, of compassion'".

Haiti's Ambassador to the USA, has also formally summoned an American official to explain the president's comments and said the government "vehemently" condemned them, NBC News contributor Yamiche Alcindor.

The World Bank on Friday tweeted that sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth this year is forecast at 3.2 percent.

The United States and Haiti have always been closely intertwined.

Ignoring shouted questions about the mounting firestorm over race, the president paid tribute during a ceremony to the reverend's "peaceful crusade for justice and equality".

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