Leaders say Trump presidency is at odds with MLK's legacy

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The 55-nation African Union condemned the remarks on Saturday, while a statement from ambassadors of all countries from the continent at the United Nations (UN) demanded a retraction and apology.

According to The Washington Post, during an Oval Office meeting on Thursday with US senators to discuss the status of some immigrants in the country, President Trump described Haiti, El Salvador and unspecified African countries as "shitholes".

Mr Trump took particular issue with the idea that people who had fled to the U.S. after disasters hit their homes in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti would be allowed to stay as part of the deal.

As first reported by the Washington Post, while discussing immigration in the Oval Office on Thursday, the president said, "Why do we want all these people from shithole countries coming here?" in reference to Africa and Haiti, then remarked that people from Norway would be preferable.

His remarks have quickly spread around the world, provoking strong reactions, including those from the United Nations.

President Trump has since rejected the claims against him in a series of tweets but White House communicators have however failed to categorically deny that he made those comments.

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Trump also said that the USA should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway.

But in an editorial unlikely to help extinguish the latest firestorm in the White House, a USA publication for white supremacists gave Trump its backing. And other Trump backers made clear they wanted to steer clear of questions about whether the president is a racist. This is great news to foreign dictators, who want their people to believe that we were lying about equality and freedom.

Prominent Kenyan commentator Patrick Gathara told AFP that Trump's words were nothing new.

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

After white supremacists protested in Charlottesville in August 2017, Trump defended them, saying they included "some very fine people".

A significant number of African immigrants are Christians who joined USA evangelical congregations, and many have become advocates for more generous immigration policies and critics of Trump's views on the issue.

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Trump has denied being racist, labeling himself the "least racist person there is" during his 2016 campaign. "Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems".

"The president's physical exam today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center went exceptionally well", the doctor, Ronny Jackson, was quoted as saying in a statement released by the White House on Friday.

They posted family photos on social media and proudly noted immigrant relatives.

In an interview with NPR, Haiti's ambassador to the US, Paul Altidor, said he was "surprised and disappointed" in Trump's remarks.

The Rev. Tish Harrison Warren, an author and Anglican priest who serves at The Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, anxious about the fallout for the fellowship of evangelicals outside and inside the U.S. Her denomination, the Anglican Church in North America, was formed under the leadership of African Anglican bishops to serve conservative U.S. Episcopalians and others. In a statement, the Haitian government expressed its shock and outrage.

Nevertheless, aware the USA is still a powerful military and economic power, the AU statement called for continued strategic partnership with the US. She said, "This behaviour is unacceptable from the leader of our nation" and called on Trump to apologize to the American people "and the nations he so wantonly maligned".

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