Trump snubs immigration from 'shithole countries'

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Haitian Sen. Youri Latortue said that Trump's remarks were also galling because they came just before the United States marks the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

According to reports from The Washington Post, Trump allegedly referred to El Salvador and Haiti as "s***hole countries" during a heated meeting at the White House on Thursday.

But Democratic Senator Dick Durbin who was reportedly at the meeting said the USA president used "shitholes" in the context of African countries.

But Republican Del. Pat McDonough tells WJZ Trump isn't the only president to use rough language in the White House, and he supports the president on immigration.

The remarks are reported to have been made during a White House briefing on an immigration plan prepared by a group of senators and how it impacted immigrants from various countries, including those in Africa. He said these hateful things and he said them repeatedly.

He pointed out that the USA accepted 23,000 Haitian immigrants and 172,000 Mexican immigrants in 2017, and immigration is so brisk from El Salvador that one in three Salvadorans now lives in the U.S. He also mentioned Africa and asked why more people from "s***hole countries" should be allowed into the USA, the sources said.

The president tweeted later on Friday: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

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While demanding a "retraction and an apology" from Trump, the 54 countries also thanked those Americans "from all walks of life who have condemned the remarks". Ben Cardin said Trump's "comments do not represent America's values". "I'm sorry but there is no other word for this but racist".

"I want to add this for the record".

Mr Trump's comments are extremely offensive to South Africa, said Jessie Duarte, a senior official with the ruling African National Congress. As president, Trump has reportedly said that he believes Haitians coming to the United States "all have AIDS". Trump later denied using the vulgar phrase, but said he used "tough" language at the meeting.

"I want a merit-based system of immigrant and people who will help take our country to the next level", Trump tweeted.

The president's latest comments drew reactions from overseas on Friday.

Trump questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal.

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