Africa startled by Trump's vulgar attention

President Trump speaks to the media as he meets with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the Oval Office on Jan. 10

President Trump speaks to the media as he meets with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the Oval Office on Jan. 10

Trump reportedly made the remarks at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday (11 January) during which he questioned why the USA would want to accept immigrants from "shithole countries" - referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations.

President Donald Trump's reportedly labelled African nations and Haiti at a bipartisan immigration meeting as "s**thole" while asking for more immigration from places like Norway.

The African Union has expressed its disappointment and outrage over the comments made by US President, Donald Trump, about the continent. Associated Press White House reporter Jonathan Lemire said no one at the White House denied "that he used these vulgar terms to describe these immigrants".

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", he wrote.

Orange County Commissioner Victoria Siplin, who is of Haitian ancestry, said Friday that Trump is misinformed about the island nation, the first independent country founded by freed slaves.

Hillary Clinton accused President Trump of holding "ignorant, racist views" on Friday, after media reports surfaced that the president decried immigration from "shithole countries" like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations.

"But we've got this flexible definition about what a racist is".

The president's Twitter posts on Friday morning referred to the meeting with lawmakers a day earlier about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, the Obama-era effort that provided temporary work permits and reprieves from deportation to immigrants brought to the United States as children by their parents.

"Many people have been surprised from what they heard from Trump, but not me", said Syverain, a member of the Haitian American Community Church in San Jose.

"Why do we want all these people from "shithole countries" coming here?"

In 2009 Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, chose Ghana's capital Accra to set out his foreign policy goals for Africa in a speech in which he said he saw Africa "as a fundamental part of our interconnected world". More notoriously, Donald Trump has been vociferously pushing for the U.S. to effect a travel ban for Muslims from selected countries who have dominant Muslim populations.

"I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", the president said.

Adams said people she knows are scared and are quickly losing hope that anything will change.

The US President touted the delivery of F-52 jets to Norway, but they only exist in the video game Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

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