"President Donald Trump's dismissal of Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as" shithole countries" whose inhabitants are not desirable for USA immigration shocked people around the world and provoked swift condemnation.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC said Friday he spoke "directly" to President Trump inside the Oval Office after he reportedly used a crude slur to describe to "s***hole countries" from Africa. "He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly", Durbin said on Friday.
Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians ... he said, 'Hatians?"
"He was very kind to the Haitians, he was very eloquent to them, and he was the first president to (have) ever visited Haitians, and he said he was going to be the champion of Haitians", Haitian-American Georges Sami Saati said. She said the president's remark was "obviously disheartening" but presented an opportunity "to rise above it and say, 'I'm going to be an example of kindness, of compassion'".
The African Union, an organization comprised of all 55 African nations, blasted President Donald Trump's comments that the continent contained "shithole countries."
Other Haitians in South Florida called the words from the president hurtful.
During the meeting, Trump questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and Africa rather than places like Norway. Some media outlets also reported that Trump said in reference to Haitians, "take them out".
Flake said Thursday's comments reflect what Trump has reportedly said in the past about Haiti and Nigeria.
Rivers said Trump took the torch out of the hand of the Statue of Liberty with his remarks.
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"It was so disturbing this morning to hear President Trump's comments reported all over the news calling my poor native land and African countries "shithole" nations", Jean said in a statement to The Canadian Press.
The group of senators had come to the White House to discuss a potential compromise on immigration. Botswana's government called Trump's comment "reprehensible and racist", while Senegal's President Macky Sall said he was shocked.
Trump blasted the proposal as "a big step backwards" and said it didn't provide enough funding for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, a key campaign promise Trump made in 2016.
Jean, a refugee from Haiti who came to Canada in 1968 and was raised in Thetford Mines, Que., also noted that Friday was the eighth anniversary of a devastating natural disaster that struck her native country, one of 57 member French-language countries - many from Africa - that form La Francophonie.
On Friday, Cardinal Blase Cupich tweeted: "Grateful for Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable, "Founder of Chicago"-and Haitian immigrant".
The Trump administration has spoken little about how it wants to engage with African countries, focusing its foreign policy instead on issues like North Korea and Islamic State. I want safety and security for our people. He said, "I will not be diverted from all possible efforts to continue negotiating to stop the deportations".
President Donald Trump's reportedly labelled African nations and Haiti at a bipartisan immigration meeting as "s**thole" while asking for more immigration from places like Norway.
Its government summoned the U.S. ambassador, seeking to clarify whether the USA regards Botswana as a "shithole" country.
Trump's comments were allegedly made on Thursday at a White House meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform.