Trump's remark causes concern immigration deal out of reach

Don Lemon

Don Lemon

Two days after President Donald Trump described African nations, along with Haiti and El Salvador, as "shithole countries" with undesirable emigrants for the United States, the president of Ghana called the language "extremely unfortunate" and said his nation was not a "shithole country". On Friday the president tweeted that his language was "tough" but insisted he did not say anything derogatory about Haitians aside from noting it's a poor country.

In a statement attributed to him in media reports, Mr. Trump referred to them as "s***hole countries" during an interaction with lawmakers at the White House on Thursday on immigration.

Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the only Democrat in the room, said Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said.

Reports of the president's language referring to people of colour from the other countries drew criticism from USA lawmakers of both major parties and critics overseas who said they could not be described as anything but racist.

"To no surprise the president tweeted this morning, denying that he used those words", said Durbin. Do we need more Haitians?' Then he went on and started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure. "There is no other word but "racist". On Thursday, the president reportedly asked: "Why do we want these people from all these s**thole countries here?"

Trump preceded that message with a tweet that simply said: "America First!"

Mr. Trump's reported remarks are the latest example of the president's use of racially tinged language about immigrants. "He said those hateful things".

The US is working on changes to its immigration system, with both Republican and Democrat senators suggesting cutting the visa lottery program by 50 per cent and prioritising countries already in the system.

Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein called the comments "beneath the dignity of the presidency" and said Trump's desire to see more immigrants from countries like Norway was "an effort to set this country back generations by promoting a homogeneous, white society".

"Trump is a disgusting racist, sexist sociopath and awful for the country", one Twitter user wrote. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians!"

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.

The President also publicly rejected a bipartisan deal that was presented to him by lawmakers to resolve the DACA issue.

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