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US President Donald Trump denied Friday making "derogatory" comments about the people of Haiti, one of several places he was quoted as describing as "shithole countries" in remarks that triggered worldwide outrage.
The Washington Post reported that several people who were in the meeting said the president grew frustrated with lawmakers when they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal.
Gov. -elect Phil Murphy said Friday he was "completely and utterly offended" by comments that President Donald Trump reportedly made questioning why the USA accepts immigrants from "shithole countries".
Tom Cotton and David Perdue, Republican senators who attended the meeting, waited about 16 hours to dispute Democrat Dick Durbin's account. Susan Collins said the president should not denigrate citizens from other countries, and described his words as "completely inappropriate". Not more - not just once, but repeatedly. "That was the nature of this conversation", Durbin said.
The newspaper also repeated the claim first reported in a New York Times story in December that Trump had said once Nigerians immigrants had seen America, they would never "go back to their huts".
"It was an inappropriate comment", Buchanan said in an email from his press secretary to the Bradenton Herald.
'My colleague, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said.
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Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree described the president's comments as "racist" in her own statement Friday. "We are a nation of immigrants and I am so proud of that". "I don't even need to respond to the "lazy" comment". Never said "take them out".
Her comment comes at the end of a long day for the President, who has been nearly universally lambasted for his vulgar language and his distinctly unpresidential conduct.
The African Union said Friday that President Donald Trump's reported description of African nations as "sh*hole countries" broke with "accepted behaviour" and was "extremely upsetting".
"The Government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump must use this descriptor and derogatory word when talking about countries with whom the USA has had cordial and mutually beneficial relations for so many years", wrote the Botswana Ministry of International Affairs in a statement.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who was in the meeting with Trump, referred to his comments as "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful" while not directly rebuking the president.
Trump's response Friday morning was particularly notable after White House spokesperson Raj Shah did not deny the "s*#&hole" remark on Thursday evening. Isn't Trump demonstrating that he's nothing but a racist and pursuing a policy of "Make America White Again"?
"The ambassadors and the charges will note what an honor it is to be in their posts and how much we value our relationship with the people of the nation where they represent us".