Trump denies vulgar remarks about Haiti, African countries

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But Trump and his advisers notably did not dispute the most controversial of his remarks: using "shithole" to describe African nations and saying he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead.

US Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of SC, said in a statement that he had confronted Trump during the meeting, but he did not publicly condemn his remarks.

Trump spent about three hours at the medical facility in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington, for the Friday afternoon checkup, his first as president, before departing for Florida for the weekend. The Trump administration is ending those protections for people from Haiti, El Salvador and Nicaragua, and suggested it will do the same for Hondurans.

It had sought clarification from the U.S. envoy as to whether Botswana was on the list of African nations Trump would include in his slur, which the White House did not deny he made, "given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the United States".

In the current case of Haiti and certain African countries, where USA immigration policy is taking its cue from Trumps ignorant and racist opinions, Trinidad and Tobago and the rest of the Caribbean have an acute responsibility to denounce Trumps vile language and well-documented attitudes.

Ayene said the undiplomatic word used by the US President that shocked the diplomatic community across the globe will likely have a long-lasting impact.

However offensive he is to his own people, when Donald Trump speaks, he speaks for the United States of America, whether Americans like it or not. "The president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday", Dr Ronny Jackson said in a statement. Two Trump allies who were in attendance, Sens.

When he was running for office, Trump released a glowing report from his personal physician in NY, who said Trump would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency".

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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.

Lindsey Graham, who was also at the meeting, seemed to confirm that report in a statement in which he said "following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday". The African Union, a group representing the continent's 55 countries, issued a blistering statement saying the Trump had dishonored US values. "African-Americans believe that they migrated to America in chains, and when you speak about 'chain migration, ' it hurts them personally", Durbin said.

The White House has dismissed questions about Trump's mental fitness, calling them "disgraceful and laughable".

But Trump on Friday insisted the reports were inaccurate.

During the televised meeting, Trump spoke of wanting a "bill of love" and appeared to endorse a "clean DACA" legislation sought by Democrats. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!"

Many of those who criticized Trump said his remarks would damage America's global reputation.

"Ours is not a s**thole country, neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", said Duarte. "Take them out." Meaning take them out of the deal. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

Sens. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who attended Thursday's meeting, issued a statement saying they "do not recall the president saying these comments specifically".