Paul Ryan says Trump's slur against African countries is 'unfortunate, unhelpful'

President Trump on Jan. 8

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"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". The White House did not deny them.

Colville also expressed concern for previous remarks by Trump that had what he called racial undertones, including campaign events in which the then-candidate had called Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, and Trump's response past year to a white supremacist march saying that "both sides" deserved blame.

"Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems".

"With the statement that he made, it was very clear to us that there is a racial basis for those decisions, even going so far as racist", Labossiere said.

"(I) have known many fine Haitians - including a former governor general of Canada", Campbell said in a tweet.

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, the only Democrat in the room, said Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said. Furthermore, the IL lawmaker labeled the president's words "hate-filled" and "racist". Graham stated that he said his piece to the president following comments Trump made.

"President Trump called on Congress to solve the DACA challenge".

"If that's not racism, I don't know how you can define it", Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told WPLG-TV in Miami. I thought about my own family.

And it is because of the divisive nature of Trump's candidacy and his administration that Natacha Clerger, a veteran and Randolph's first Haitian-American town councilor, refused to extend her military service when Trump took office.

In Nigeria, one resident in Lagos told Reuters "calling [every] African country shithole is really, really, very bad and I think every African country should just learn from this and probably just stay in their country and work with their resources". "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", he said. "If someone should be ashamed it should be Trump", said Michel Aubry, 38, who lost his left foot when his house collapsed during the 2010 quake. Last year, Trump said Haitian immigrants "all have AIDS", and that Nigerian immigrants would not "go back to their huts" after visiting the US, according to a New York Times report.

Haitian governments were for many years militaristic, which some trace to a tradition of resisting French attacks after independence. Bob Goodlatte, Kevin McCarthy and Mario Diaz-Balart were also at the Trump meeting on Thursday.

Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Durbin had proposed cutting the visa lottery program by 50 percent and then prioritizing countries already in the system, a White House official said.

Everyone in the room heard him repeatedly use that word to describe black and Hispanic countries. Of course, "The Trump Show" being "The Trump Show", that effectively happened last week, with Stephen K. Bannon's defenestration not merely from the White House and President Trump's orbit, but also apparently from the series as a whole. 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.

What exactly did Trump say?

It's not how a president should behave. Higgins says he also believes the President's base is beginning to erode after people stood with him and giving him a chance a couple of times. "We're better than this", Biden wrote.

The comment was widely condemned as racist, although Trump later denied saying "anything derogatory" about the people of Haiti.

Trump ignited a storm of controversy on Thursday after denouncing immigration to the United States from "shithole countries" during a meeting with lawmakers. The Republican president denied using a vulgar reference in comments that many Democrats and African leaders called racist.

It said it had sent a protest letter to the United States.

The United Nations human rights office said it had no doubt Trump's remarks were "racist", while the Vatican newspaper branded them as "particularly harsh and offensive".

Others condemned the US president's comments as inappropriate or racist.

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