Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

How it happened: Donald Trump's "sh*thole countries" remark

How it happened: Donald Trump's

According to multiple reports, in an oval office meeting on Thursday, President Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as "sh*thole countries", questioning why the United States would see any value in welcoming people from those countries to the US.

Trump questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and counties in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected the bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation.

The African Union demand for an apology is likely to add to the intense pressure on Mr Trump following reports of what he said in the White House on Thursday during a discussion about immigration.

On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert also commented on the president's remarks, with the vulgarity bleeped out: "Trump reportedly said, 'Why are we having all these people from. countries come here?' Sir, they're not. countries: For one, Donald Trump isn't their president". In a tweet, Trump denied the report, saying "this was not the language used".

"Like all countries, Haiti is a collection of people: it's rich and poor, well-educated and not, good and bad", he said.

After an emergency session to weigh Trump's remarks, the African Group of United Nations ambassadors said it was "concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the USA administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of color".

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said Trump had repeatedly used "vile and racist" language during the meeting. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!".

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After the ceremony at the White House, reporters shouted questions at Mr. Trump, which included, "Mr. President, are you a racist?"

What exactly did Trump say?

The church says they have been working with refugees in Haiti since the island was struck by a 7.0 magnitude natural disaster that killed more than 220,000 people in 2010.

"I can not believe that, in the history of the White House in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday", Mr. Durbin said on Friday. He has also considered recording all his meetings to prevent similar controversies in the future.

In reaction, the AU said member states value the strategic partnership with the US and therefore, noted that there is a serious need for dialogue between the US Administration and the African countries.

More and more countries and organizations are joining the worldwide chorus of condemnation of President Trump's racially-charged comments while speaking to lawmakers in the Oval Office on Thursday.

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