Cuba condemns Trump's "racist" statements on Haiti, El Salvador

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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said she was appalled by President Donald Trump's recent comments in the Oval Office, in which he reportedly said immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations come "from shithole countries" and questioned why they should be welcomed in by the United States.

Mr Trump described El Salvador, Haiti and certain African nations as "shithole" countries during a meeting with lawmakers at the White House on Thursday.

Sir, - Donald Trump's comment resembled the kind of drunken remark made over a bar by somebody who doesn't know what he's talking about to somebody who doesn't know what he's listening to. "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

Trump took to twitter saying in part, "the language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough but this was not the language used".

The president also asked why the United States would allow more immigrants from Haiti and Africa rather than countries like Norway. "It is more about ethnicity than shared values", said Hilde Restad, an associate professor in global affairs and a former U.S. resident.

In a statement it said it had asked the U.S. government, through its ambassador, to "clarify" if the derogatory remark also applied to Botswana given that there were Botswana nationals living in the United States and others who wished to go there.

"Why do we want all these people from "shithole countries" coming here?"

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Thousands of African and Haitian immigrants call North Texas home, and many were shocked and disappointed in the comments.

"I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in the Oval Office, any president has ever spoken words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", Durbin told reporters. What did they say when he said these things?

"If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States", Coleville said. "I want to see the tape".

"With the statement that he made, it was very clear to us that there is a racial basis for those decisions, even going so far as racist", Labossiere said.

"I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", the president said.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was equally critical of her onetime rival in last year's presidential campaign and the U.S. ambassador to Panama has tendered his resignation amid the ongoing scandal.