African diplomats blast Trump remark as 'racist'


Haitian Sen. Youri Latortue said that Trump's remarks were also galling because they came just before the United States marks the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.

Trump's comments were also condemned by a group of African ambassadors to the United Nations, who demanded a retraction and apology for Trump's "outrageous, racist and xenophobic" comments, The Hill reported. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

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.

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Inside the White House, staffers were largely unfazed, even as the political and diplomatic fallout mounted. He said that Trump and Carson, the lone African-American member of the Cabinet, were talking about the fallout from Thursday's vulgar remarks when Trump turned to him and said, "I am not the person that the media is making me out to be".

Trump insisted he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

Special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants, protecting them from deportation following the 2010 natural disaster, will end next year following a Trump administration ruling last month. "He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly", Durbin said on Friday. President Jovenel Moise's government issued a strongly worded statement denouncing what it called a "racist" view of Haitian immigrants and people from African countries.

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"They're racist comments, and he should say they're racist", Lee said. "The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel", Graham said in a statement. "There is a serious need for dialogue between the USA administration and the African countries".

Despite labeling it an "offensive" term, Durbin's own Senate website featured an article from 2010 that used the term "chain migration" when defending the DREAM Act. At a meeting discussing immigration with U.S. Senators, Trump referred to developing nations with brown-skinned citizens as "shithole countries", according to multiple sources.

Baltimore Rep. Elijah Cummings said, "I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the presidency".

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But people in the Nordic nation - a year ago named the happiest place on earth - have no desire to move to the U.S., according to a report on Norwegian national TV. He called a proposal made at the immigration meeting "a big setback for DACA". He added, "Diversity has always been our strength, not our weakness".