"The Government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump must use this descriptor and derogatory word when talking about countries with whom the US has had cordial and mutually beneficial relations for so many years", wrote the Botswana Ministry of International Affairs in a statement. "It took courage for what he did", Durbin said.
"America's greatness is self-evident, we do not need to tear down other nations", they added.
Trump took particular issue with the characterization of his comments on Haiti. I was very proud of him, it took courage for what he did. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Purdue of Georgia said they did not recall Trump's remarks.
He also denied he had said anything insulting about Haitians, tweeting that he "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
"I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", the president said. Recently, the administration announced around 200,000 people from El Salvador living in the USA after two earthquakes shattered lives would no longer receive this protection.
He reportedly made the comments at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday. He also rejected the idea of restoring protections for immigrants from those countries, suggesting the those from nations like Norway would be more welcome in the U.S.
In a tweet Friday morning, Republican U.S. Sen.
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For the Columbus statue, the city wants to add historical markers and commission a new monument to honor indigenous people. Marion Sims statue at 5 Avenue and 103 Street bordering Central Park was also under deliberation.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated development, Trump cancelled his proposed London visit to inaugurate the new American Embassy, blaming it on a "bad" deal by the Obama administration for deciding to sell the "best located and finest" premises of the existing embassy for "peanuts", and "build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars". Durbin recounted that Trump went on to discuss similarly protected immigration from Africa, "calling the nations they come from s-holes".
"Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?" the Washington Post quoted him as saying, in remarks thought to be about Haiti, El Salvador and Africa. Trump met this week with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
Another black lawmaker, Cedric Richmond, a Democrat, said the comments were "further proof that his Make America Great Again agenda is really a Make America White Again agenda". Lindsey Graham challenged those comments, which Durbin called an act of courage.
Colville warns that comments by a major political figure, such as the president of the United States, can have damaging and risky consequences.
DACA protects hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children from deportation. He then exited the room, ignoring shouted questions from reporters about his controversial comments on Thursday and whether he is a racist.
"If the remarks attributed to President Trump are accurate, they have no place in our public discourse", said the statement from Speaker Richard Corcoran, Speaker-designate Jose Oliva, Speaker pro tempore Jeanette Nuñez, Republican Leader Ray Rodrigues, Democratic Leader Janet Cruz, Democratic Leader-designate Kionne McGhee and others.