AU demands apology from Trump over 'shithole' comment

One Democratic lawmaker says that Republicans need to loudly denounce the disparaging remarks President Donald Trump allegedly made about Haiti and African countries.

The Vatican and the White House are at odds again, this time over President Donald Trump's reported use of vulgar language to refer to certain countries during immigration talks.

Cuomo, appearing at the swearing-in of the first black sheriff in Suffolk County, said he couldn't repeat Trump's words without disrespecting his office of governor.

The president had been discussing a potential deal with a team of senators that would have restored protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some African countries, the Washington Post and others reported Thursday night. Dick Durbin (D-IL) confirmed the allegations.

We are a nation of people whose ancestors, if not indigenous or brought here in chains, arrived in the United States from countries that somebody at some time derided as foul.

In a later tweet, Trump focused on remarks attributed to him about Haiti, saying: "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

Special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants, protecting them from deportation following the 2010 quake, will end next year following a Trump administration ruling last month.

Leaders in Long Island's Haitian, Salvadoran and immigrant-advocacy communities, who gathered at a news conference Friday in Hempstead, said the controversy confirms their belief that the administration is pursuing biased and racist policies.

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"These are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States", spokesman Rupert Colville said in remarks the U.N. body posted to Twitter.

Faced with a wave a criticism at home and overseas, Mr. Trump engaged in a belated attempt at damage control early Friday. "They're shithole countries. We should have more people from Norway", according to one source briefed on the conversation.

The mood quickly changed when some reporters started shouting about the president's reported "shithole" comment from Thursday.

"Trump has always been a racist, only a racist can use such foul language", said Nancy Mulenga, a student at the University of Zambia. Brinkley said Trump was the most racist president since Woodrow Wilson, who served from 1913 until 1921. "Given historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the USA as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice", AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.

South African comedian Trevor Noah, star of "The Daily Show", described himself as an offended citizen of "South Shithole" and also criticised Trump's preferred choice of Norway for immigrants.

The African Union (AU) said it was "frankly alarmed" by Mr Trump's statement. "They reinforce abhorrent racist attitudes, and evidence of the lack of knowledge, understanding, and empathy we expect of the person who occupies the highest office in the land". The deal was a nonstarter for conservative senators at the meeting and also for Trump. "The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel", Graham said in a statement. Most of all, it's not what a president should believe.

Durbin said Friday that he had hoped for White House approval of the bipartisan deal. "We're better than this".

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