Wichitans react to President Trump's comment about Haiti, African countries

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Trump criticised immigration to his country from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, by calling the group "shithole countries" at a meeting with Congress members at the White House on Thursday, according to USA media.

"In the course of (Trump's) comments, he said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist", the IL senator said Friday.

Surrounded by African-Americans, including the nephew of the civil rights leader and prominent African-American Republican Ben Carson, who delivered a speech, Mr Trump said: "Dr King opened the eyes and lifted the conscience of our nation".

"It's one thing to ask if he's a racist and that's OK, but the next thing is, since this continues to happen there needs to be something to dynamic, some kind of leverage", Ryan said.

Trump has categorically denied using the term, tweeting on Friday: "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". The president said he has a wonderful relationship with Haitians and suggested future meetings probably should be recorded.

The Washington Post reported that Trump made the comment during an Oval Office meeting with immigration negotiators including Sens. "There is a serious need for dialogue between the USA administration and the African countries". "Do we need more Haitians?'"

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Mr Durbin said that when Mr Trump was told that the largest groups of immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) were from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti, the president responded: "Haitians?"

American news media reported on Thursday that Trump used the term at talks on a USA immigration policy known as DACA.

"On the eighth anniversary of an quake that almost devastated Haiti, we members of the Haitian Lawyers Association unfortunately find ourselves addressing disparaging remarks attributed to President Trump", reads a letter issued Friday by the bar association.

Two days after President Donald Trump described African nations, along with Haiti and El Salvador, as "shithole countries" with undesirable emigrants for the United States, the president of Ghana called the language "extremely unfortunate" and said his nation was not a "shithole country".

Trump's contemptuous description of an entire continent startled lawmakers in the meeting and immediately revived charges that the president is racist.

US President Donald Trump sparked global furore after reportedly using the phrase "shithole countries" to describe Haiti and African countries this week.

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In a response labelled by global media as damage control, Mr Trump has denied using derogatory words but admitted his language was "tough".

Just before Christmas, a New York Times report emerged alleging that Trump had said people from Haiti "all have AIDS", that Nigerians all live in huts and that Afghanistan is full of terrorists.

Rush, who has sponsored articles of impeachment and plans to sponsor articles to censure the president, said Trump had "stooped to a new level" with his comments.

The presidents conflicting positions on immigration and his repulsive remarks place a heavier burden on members of Congress to negotiate their own deal and to stand against the presidents language.

"As immigrants, we built America", says Mcdoweel. "Unfortunately, there is no reason to believe that we can negotiate in good faith with a person who holds such vile and reprehensible beliefs". They are not presidential, they undermine US foreign relations and they do not reflect Americas values.

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