African ambassadors to United Nations blast Trump remark as 'racist'

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But conclusions about Trump's mental alertness were not expected as the White House said Trump would not undergo a psychiatric examination.

Donald Trump's doctor declared him in "excellent health", after the 71-year-old USA president underwent his first medical examination since taking office in January 2017, the White House said.

"All of you who over the last few years have uttered that exhausted, lazy, uninformed, uneducated response of calling me and others who point out racist behavior "racists, ' you know what you can go do?"

The African Union, a group representing the continent's countries, and African ambassadors to the United Nations sharply denounced US President Donald Trump's reference to African nations as "shitholes" and called on him to retract his statement and apologize.

American left-wing filmmaker, activist and author Michael Francis Moore tweeted that all journalists should use the term "racist" in place of US President Donald Trump's name.

He went on to criticize the immigration deal that was being discussed when he made his disparaging remarks, saying: "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!".

Durbin sat to one side of Trump because he was the highest-ranking Democratic senator in the room. The remarks, Durbin said, were "vile, hate-filled and clearly racial in their content".

". Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation".

"Never said take them out". "Made up by Dems", Trump tweeted. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

Moore condemning Trump's stand for African countries asked all journalists to use the word "racist" for him.

He concluded by saying, "We will find unity only when we recognize that in our current president we have elected, perhaps for the first time in our history, an enemy of compassion".

Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) did not say that the President used the language Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has accused him of.

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"Jesus Christ himself, a person of color, an immigrant, would not be welcome in Trump America", Geren wrote on her Facebook page.

The fairly routine exam for previous presidents has taken on outsized importance in the age of Trump, given the tone of some of his tweets, comments attributed to some of his close advisers and Trump's recent slurring of words on national TV. Some of them are his friends, and I can hear them now, telling me: 'Donald didn't mean that, ' 'Donald isn't a racist, ' 'I think it was taken out of context.'. "That's not how a president behaves".

Republican leaders were largely silent, though House Speaker Paul Ryan said the vulgar language was "very unfortunate, unhelpful".

Farris Jr. participated in a White House event honoring his uncle on Friday and told CNN that Trump addressed the issue while in the Oval Office with Vice President Mike Pence and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson before the ceremony.

Mr Trump was widely derided previous year after twice referring to Namibia as "Nambia". He gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative fix.

An emotional Sunny Hostin on "The View" Friday, noting that her husband's family is from Haiti, said she's always resisted labeling Trump because she couldn't look into his heart.

But Trump rejected the deal, plunging the issue back into uncertainty just eight days before a deadline that threatens a government shutdown.

For more than 16 years, Durbin has been on a crusade to legalize the status of youths illegally in the USA through no fault of their own, having been brought here by their parents.

Of that population, 21,000 people are from African nations and most of which are from western Africa.

The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly describe the conversation. The deal also would include restrictions on a program allowing immigrants to bring some relatives to the U.S.

Instead, Trump had also invited some of Congress' hard-line opponents of the bipartisan agreement being put together by the six-member working group led by Durbin and Graham. He launched his campaign with a speech that accused Mexico of sending its "rapists" across the border and at one point proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.