Latin America Hits Back After Trump's Racist Migration Jab

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'I'm not a racist': Trump's denial after 's***hole countries' controversy

Trump criticised immigration to his country from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, by calling the group "shithole countries" at a meeting with Congress members at the White House on Thursday, according to USA media.

According to those briefed on the conversation, the president used the phrase * a href="***hole-countries/2930875/" *"s***hole countries" while questioning why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and nations in Africa, rather than places like Norway.

President Donald Trump on Friday denied using certain "language" during a private meeting with lawmakers as fury spread over his comments about immigrants, but one of the Senators in the room, Dick Durbin of IL, says he knows what he heard.

On Friday, Mr Trump on Friday tweeted that his language he used at the private meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration legislation had been "tough".

Mr Durbin said he told Mr Trump the word "chain migration" - used by opponents of immigration to describe people sponsoring family members to join them in the U.S. - was "painful" for many African-Americans whose ancestors had arrived in the United States as slaves.

Since the outcry over his words, Trump has admitted that the language he used during the meeting was "tough" but not as claimed.

Trump denied he ever said "anything derogatory" about the people of Haiti.

He also took issue with Trumps reported suggestion that the United States should welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose population is overwhelmingly white, instead of from African countries and Haiti.

Congressman Eliot Engel, who is a ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said in a phone call he had with Haiti U.S. Ambassador Paul Altidor that Trump's words are damaging for global relations. "They reinforce abhorrent racist attitudes, and evidence of the lack of knowledge, understanding, and empathy we expect of the person who occupies the highest office in the land".

Trump's comments were immediately denounced as racist and xenophobic at home and overseas, by the United Nations human rights office and politicians from the countries named.

"In the course of his comments he said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist". He ignored her, and she asked the same question again. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", Trump tweeted. "And he said them repeatedly".

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.

Trump said Durbin and Graham - two seasoned lawmakers - should come to the White House for a meeting at noon. Trump reportedly said. "Take them out".

The president implied Friday morning on Twitter that maybe he should start recording meetings because there is no trust.

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