Trump denies vulgar remarks about Haiti, African countries; condemnation mounts

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In an earlier tweet, Mahama said that Trump's comments showed he was "nothing but a racist". "Neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", she said.

Shortly after, he tweeted "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

The Republican president has also privately defended his remarks, saying he was only expressing what many people think but will not say about immigrants from economically depressed countries, the Associated Press reported. "I expect that our assistance program would continue pretty much as they are", Jackson told Joy News.

U.S. president Donald Trump has offered a partial denial in public over his extraordinary remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries - but privately defended them, according to an insider. On Friday, the Academy Award victor published an op-ed in Time, calling Trump's alleged comments about bringing in immigrants from "sh*thole" countries "disgraceful".

The group of United Nations diplomats said it was "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks".

His comments drew a chorus of condemnation inside the United States and internationally, especially in Africa.

One woman he interviewed said she might consider trying the American dream: "If they get a new president".

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"I don't believe the Democrats really want to see a deal on DACA", he wrote at 9:20 am.

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump insisted in a series of Friday (local time) morning tweets. Durbin recounted that Trump went on to discuss similarly protected immigration from Africa, "calling the nations they come from s--holes".

He has since denied using the reported language. The president said he has a wonderful relationship with Haitians and suggested future meetings probably should be recorded.

"Like all Americans who embrace decency and the values of diversity and inclusion, and who celebrate what made America great in the first place, I'm appalled by these latest comments of President Donald Trump regarding Haitians and people of African nations", Pugh said in a statement. And for all of you who over the last few years who have uttered that exhausted, lazy, uninformed, uneducated, ignorant, response of calling me and others who point out racist behavior "racist"? "Sorry, but there is no other word one can use but 'racist, '" said Rupert Colville, spokesman for United Nations rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

Like Trump, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida is a member of the Republican Party. But Krueger said that just delays the inevitable.

Botswana said it had summoned the U.S. ambassador to that country to "express its displeasure" and had asked him whether Botswana "is regarded as a "sh**hole" country".

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