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Donald Trump reportedly labelled Haiti, El Salvador and African nations "shithole countries" during a meeting of a bipartisan group of senators on Thursday.

The White House issued a statement rejecting "weak and unsafe stopgap measures" on immigration but did not deny Trump's remarks.

Africans were shocked on Friday to find President Donald Trump had finally taken an interest in their continent. A list maintained by the Washington-based American Foreign Service Association says eight such posts are vacant. The White House said it will end the designation for Haiti by July 2019. "In the spirit of the people of Haiti we feel in the statements, if they were made, the president was either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people", he said in a statement.

He adds that "we pray that the almighty God gives him wisdom to change his mind about people who are suffering and looking for safe haven in America".

Mr Trump did not name the countries which he saw as "shitholes" but the comment was apparently made in reference to people from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.

"As for Africa, he asked why more people from "(expletive removed) countries" should be allowed into the US, the sources said.

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The White House issued a statement that did not deny the remarks.

However, not everyone condemned the president's remarks.

The tweets suggest that Trump is interested in a system that would only accept individuals from certain countries and backgrounds in exchange for a DACA deal - as well as a much more substantial border investment than one year of funding and technology upgrades the lawmakers had presented. But it wasn't just Democrats objecting.

Colville says Trump's reported comment could endanger lives by potentially fanning xenophobia: "It legitimizes the targeting of people based on who they are".

Needlessly to say, his comment was not well received.

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Trump has called himself the "least racist person that you've ever met".

Trump did not respond to shouted questions about his comments as he signed a proclamation Friday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Three people briefed on the conversation described the language. "Take them out", a source told CNN's Jim Acosta.

Deputy secretary general Jesse Duarte of the African National Congress tells reporters that developing countries do have difficulties but that the United States itself has millions of people out of work or without health care.

Trump has spoken positively about Haitians in public.

The agreement that Durbin and Sen. He tweets that it would force the U.S.

Without directly referring to Mr Trump, it tweeted: "US remains committed to working together w/Africans to realize the promise of a more peaceful, more productive, more prosperous 21st century Africa".

"There has not been a deal reached yet", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

He added: "When the question was asked about Haitians ... he said, 'Haitians?"

Underscoring the hurdles facing the effort, other Republicans also undercut the significance of the deal the half-dozen senators hoped to sell to Trump.

"How do six people bind the other 94 in the Senate? I am very much sure things will get better".

"Dreamers" is term used for undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States as children.

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