Ghana's president called the purported comments unacceptable while Namibia, whose name Trump had difficulty pronouncing a year ago, said the remarks had "no place in diplomatic discourse".
Two days after President Donald Trump described African nations, along with Haiti and El Salvador, as "shithole countries" whose inhabitants were not desirable as immigrants to the United States, the president of Ghana called the language used by the American leader "extremely unfortunate" and said that his nation was not a "shithole country". "Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell can not continue to claim ignorance and stay silent as President Trump denigrates allies and does lasting damage to our standing in the world".
Here's what five of the lawmakers who attended the meeting said afterward about the controversy.
Lawmakers expressed disappointment and disgust, with one declaring the comments counter to the very "essence of American patriotism". This is the time but, day by day, they are blowing the one great opportunity they have. Brinkley said Trump was the most racist president since Woodrow Wilson, who served from 1913 until 1921.
Trump made the comments during an immigration meeting with Durbin and six Republican lawmakers: Sens. Bob Goodlatte, (R-Va.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), according to MSNBC. He was fuming about the latest bipartisan deal on immigration. Trump ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program previous year but has given Congress until March 5 to find a way to keep it alive.
Democrats want protections for Dreamers included in a measure on government spending, which must pass by a January 19 deadline to avoid a government shutdown.
"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday".
On the other hand, we've got the Paragon of Virtue-Signalling condemning Trump as a "racist" for his words, while her actions actually harmed the nation she is verbally trying to defend. "Wall was not properly funded, Chain ^and^ Lottery were made worse and U.S. would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime.", Trump tweeted. The Trump administration is ending those protections for people from Haiti, El Salvador and Nicaragua, and suggested it will do the same for Hondurans.
Haiti's ambassador to the US, Paul Altidor, said on Friday the president's reported remarks were particularly unwelcome coming on the eighth anniversary of the quake which killed more than 200,000 people on the Caribbean island.More news: Alexis Sanchez left out of Arsenal squad for Bournemouth
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In a separate part of the conversation about the diversity visa lottery, the source said, Trump referred to people coming from Africa as coming from "shithole countries".
Separately, Durbin told reporters he had not seen a single news report about the President's words that was false.
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Durbin also recounted a "heartbreaking moment" when Trump and others "scoffed" at his comments about the importance of family-based immigration.
In exchange, hundreds of thousands of young people known as "Dreamers" would be spared deportation. But Andrew Selee, president of the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute in Washington, said recent data suggest the current system may be headed there already: Since 2011, 48 percent of all new legal immigrants have possessed college degrees, well above the 33 percent of US residents with them. "Why do we need more Haitians?" These are not the principles that have made America the beacon of hope for millions of people from every single country. "He said, 'Oh, that's a good line'". "As a shepherd, I can not abide the comments our president makes regarding immigrant peoples and their countries of origin".
But Trump on Friday insisted the reports were inaccurate. "This preceded Donald Trump", he added, dismissing the president as someone "whose tweets cause people to cringe". "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" Although it is being taken as a denial of the "sh*thole" comment, Mr. Trump did not specifically reference that phrase in his denial.
The comments were "clearly" racist, Kalondo said, but stressed the USA was "much stronger than the sum total of one man".
Congressional Black Caucus Chair Cedric Richmond and House Judiciary top Democrat Jerrold Nadler said they would seek to introduce a censure resolution against Trump next week. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians!" he posted. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"