African Union demands apology from Trump over 'shithole' remarks

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Trump denied that he ever used the term "shithole countries" to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African nations, though he admitted using "tough" language in the meeting. Trump ended the program and finding a legislative solution is a key issue in negotiations between the White House and congressional Democrats on immigration policy.

President Donald Trump is "a racist", NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson told CNN in response to Trump's comments about immigrants coming to the US from "shithole countries". Instead, the deputy press secretary issued a statement arguing, "Trump will always fight for the American people". 'The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used, ' he said.

Initially, the White House did not deny Trump's racially charged comments, but Trump claimed today he did not utter such disparaging words during a recent meeting at the Oval Office.

This is a developing story.

Pugh tweeted a statement Thursday calling on all elected leaders to condemn the comments.

And since we're also talking about immigration as well, we're hoping the president would take time to meet some of the TPS recipients, to see exactly how much contribution as a community we continue to provide here in this country.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

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Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said on Twitter that Trump's remarks "are further proof that his Make America Great Again Agenda is really a Make America White Again agenda".

"Botswana government is wondering why Trump use such kind of disruptor as well as derogatory word when talking about countries with whom the USA has had cordial and mutual bilateral relations for so many years", reads part of the statement.

"In addition to being insulting to us, more importantly it's quite disrespectful and insulting to the people that we're trying to help and the friends and colleagues that we've made there over the last eight years", Furey said in an interview. The world is witnessing a new low today with this #S-tholeNations remark! totally unacceptable! uncalled for moreover it shows a lack a respect and IGNORANCE never seen before in the recent history of the United States by any President!

'My colleague, Republican senator Lindsey Graham of SC, spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said, ' Durbin said in the Capitol, CNN reported.

"If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States".

"Part of what makes America so special is that we welcome the best and brightest in the world, regardless of their country of origin", Hatch added.

Mr Trump's reported comments during a meeting with members of Congress sparked global condemnation.

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