African ambassadors condemn Trump remarks as 'racist'


"I am not a racist", US President Donald Trump has said as he sought to steer clear of the controversy surrounding his reported derogatory remarks against immigrants from Haiti and Africa.

When it came to talk of extending protections for Haitians, Durbin said Trump replied, "We don't need more Haitians'".

Trump's alleged statement also prompted outrage from the African Union (AU), the organization that includes all the 54 African UN states plus Western Sahara, which is not recognized by the UN.

"The President has the right to make whatever remarks he wants and we respect the President", Goldstein said.

When President Trump announced in September that he was ending the Obama-initiated Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, he called on Congress to come up with a legislative solution to shield its roughly 800,000 beneficiaries from deportation.

Trump has seemed to deny using those words but acknowledged on Twitter that he used "tough" language during White House negotiations this week with lawmakers on an immigration bill.

"Did you see what various senators in the room said about my comments?" he said to the reporter.

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Other Republicans also have criticized Trump, including former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who tweeted Monday that the sentiments attributed to the president were "inconsistent w/ America's history and antithetical to American values".

A confidant of Mr Trump's told The Associated Press that the president spent Thursday evening calling friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to his remarks. From the Dems, Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin (Ill.) said that the denial the US President offered was false and that he "said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist". "I'm the least racist person you will ever interview".

President Donald Trump was meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office Thursday about a compromise on the DACA program that would allow immigrants brought here as children by their parents to stay. Following Trump's remarks going public, Love called on POTUS to apologize and said his words were "unkind" and "divisive". I don't know in which context they were made.

"Obviously I didn't say that".

According to the Washington Post, the senior USA diplomat in Botswana was called it to clarify whether or not the country was a shithole country. "I can tell you I've been negotiating and working with the Democrats on immigration for 17 years and on this issue, on DACA or on the DREAM Act for a number of years, and the Democrats are negotiating in good faith".

"I reject them and condemn vigorously".

Meanwhile, Trump has already dubbed the immigration talks as "probably dead".