Donald Trump's 'racist slur' provokes outrage

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Asked about the remarks, White House spokesman Raj Shah did not deny them.

Mr. Trump on Friday morning tweeted that he had used "tough language" but denied he had used the profane phrase. Win tweeted, "Trump's comments about Haiti reflect nothing on the wonderful country, and only on his own racism and xenophobia".

The question came at a White House event honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Former Haitian prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, tweeted that the world witnessed "a new low" with the remark which was "totally unacceptable".

US politicians from both parties condemned Mr Trump, with Mia Love, the Republican Representative and daughter of Haitian immigrants, saying the comments were "unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation's values".

"President Trump brought everyone to the table this week and listened to both sides".

Trump allegedly grew angry with lawmakers at a meeting when discussing protecting immigrants from Haiti and African nations as part of a program to protect "dreamers" from deportation.

Others pointed out that when Norwegians were emigrating to the United States 100 years ago, it was to escape the war and poverty that many modern immigrants and refugees face.

US President Donald Trump has sparked outrage after he was reported to have used crude language to describe foreign countries in an Oval Office meeting.

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When asked how his uncle would have responded to Trump's comments on Thursday, Farris Jr. said that he would have urged Trump "not to refer to African countries like that". Furthermore, the IL lawmaker labeled the president's words "hate-filled" and "racist".

Trump's timing in insulting Haitians is also a raw topic: Friday is the anniversary of the quake that has precipitated years of hardship for a country that could ill afford the catastrophic series of events that followed (including a brutal, widespread cholera outbreak triggered by United Nations troops).

Trump then told the senators, " 'Haitians - we don't need more Haitians, '" Durbin said.

Trump today rejected reports that he told lawmakers that the USA should block immigrants from "shithole" countries. "He didn't just say it one time", Durbin said.

But neither he nor the White House denied the most controversial of his comments: using the word "s--hole" to describe countries in Africa and saying he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead. Trump reportedly said. "Take them out". "He said, 'That's a good line, ' dismissing it", Durbin said.

The African Union (AU) said it was "frankly alarmed" by Trump's statement. "I do not think this way nor do I agree with this kind of sentiment", said Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday. "The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel. In reforming immigration we can not lose these American Ideals". It was best said a long time ago, E Pluribus Unum - Out of Many, One.

At the end of the meeting, Durbin said, it was clear Trump had rejected the plan. "I mean, don't get me wrong it might take a few weeks but as soon as the news donkey reaches our village, we'll be so mad".

The ambassador said he doesn't believe Trump's remark reflects the views of the American public and that he has been "bombarded by emails from the American public apologizing" for their president's "regrettable" comment.

Dodging the questions, the President said goodbye to his guests and rushed out of the room.